Essay on The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Sallinger

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The Catcher in the Rye Banned Essay

“I HATED the Salinger story. It took me days to go through it, gingerly, a page at a time, and blushing with embarrassment for him every ridiculous sentence of the way. How can they let him do it?" (Elizabeth Bishop, American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner, on The Catcher in the Rye, 1956). This is one of many perspectives of Salinger's novel, making it to the list of America’s banned books. However, in order to have a deeper understanding of the book and of the banning during the time the novel was written, it is essential to understand Salinger’s mind and the historical context at the time the book was written. Salinger was born and grew up in New York City, as well as Holden, the main
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Salinger makes Holden swear so many times that many of the words lose their vulgar meaning. In the novel Holden, uses all these profanity words in both his own narrations and the direct quotations of speech. A very good example of how Salinger and Holden use these swear words is when Ackley is taking and he asks for a bed, Elys bed. he says, “‘I can’t just tell somebody they can sleep in his goddam bed if they want to.’ That killed me. I reached up from where I was sitting on the floor and patted him on the goddam shoulder” (The Catcher in the Rye 62). All these swear words and insults really describe him as a teenager, as well as ignorance towards civil language.

J. D Salinger makes it very clear, how in the novel, he expresses his and Holdens sexual ideas and his sexuality. This is the second reason for why Salinger's book got to the banned list of book over the world. Like many teens, Holden in the novel really struggles with his own sexuality, in fact the struggle is so vast that he considers himself or thinks of himself a “sex maniac” (The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 8). As a part of sexuality in the category, Salinger mentions woman, for example when in a part of the novel, he mentions a girl called Sally Hayes and the friend Bernice Krebs. Holden sees them as stupid and dumb, since they are only interested in men and boys, and Holden thinks this is wrong, therefore making this part of the novel, challenging

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