J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and Censorship Essay

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America is a nation founded upon a set of unified core beliefs that were never meant to be opposed or infringed upon known as the Bill of Rights. As America has grown and developed over the years, these core beliefs do not seem to be as sacred as they once were. Many great pieces of art and literature have been produced, but society expectations of what is acceptable. Censorship occurs when a group of people impose their beliefs upon others, thus removing material at the request of the group. Book censorship is one of few areas that are censored from the public, and it is a shame that a select few individuals can determine what is acceptable and what is not. Books are banned for several reasons: sexual material, profanity, homosexuality, …show more content…
Holden becomes fully aware that he is becoming mad in the novel and even tells himself on multiple occasions. In one example he exhibits his madness when he says:
“But I'm crazy I swear to God I am. About halfway to the bathroom, I started pretending I had a bullet in my guts. Old Maurice had plugged me. Now I was on the way to the bathroom to get a good shot of bourbon. I pictured myself with my automatic in my pocket, and staggering a little bit. I'd walk down a couple of floors-holding on to my guts, blood leaking all over the place. As soon as old Maurice opened the doors he'd start screaming at me. But I'd plug him anyway (Salinger 103-4).
This madness comes from deep within himself not because he is afraid of being a coward or a phony, but because he remembers everything. The Catcher and The Rye is a great novel but due to its excessive use of profanity, sexual content, and drug abuse it is banned in many schools across the nation. After reading the book myself, I believe that the level of profanity used is no worse than that of a PG-13 rated movie. The book does have some strong content but by no means should it be banned from schools. Being such a relatable book I feel that every teen should read it at least once. The Catcher and The Rye is still relevant to society today in several different ways. Not only does this novel appeal to teens, it also appeals to everyone who has ever had the mindset and attitude that Holden portrays throughout

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