Censorship Catcher In The Rye

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People often attempt to shield others from what they deem inappropriate and obscene. The Catcher in the Rye happens to be a prime candidate for censorship ever since its publication due to its wide assortment of controversial topics. Written by J.D. Salinger, the novel follows a cynical protagonist, Holden Caulfield, as he battles his insecurities and personal demons. Holden’s eventual acceptance that adulthood is an inevitable part of life, one that he, nor anyone else can escape is a key component as to why The Catcher in the Rye is a quintessential component of the American educational system and should not be banned as it offers teens a character from whom they can learn much from in their own development as they transition into adulthood.…show more content…
The Catcher in the Rye does contain “vulgar and obscene language,” as well as “drunkenness, prostitution, and delinquency;” however, that doesn’t take away from the book’s merit, instead it adds to the book’s qualities as it exposes teens to the ugliness of the world they live in (Chasan). Holden’s drunken stupor acts as a perfect demonstration as to what not to aspire to be; Holden regretfully laments that, “I wished to God I hadn’t even phone her. When I’m drunk, I’m a madman” (Salinger 197). So unlike what many may argue, The Catcher in the Rye does not support or idealize substance abuse in teens. Instead it highlights the negative aspects of alcohol, and depicting the gravity and consequences of alcohol. Moreover, Holden has an interesting encounter with a prostitute named Sunny. Sunny’s personal story teaches us the saddening truth that more often than not prostitution is forced upon young girls who have no where else to turn, poverty and helplessness being the defining factors. Holden mentions the sadness he feels hanging up her dress, “... nobody in the store knowing she was a prostitute and all. The salesman probably thought she was a regular girl when she bought it” (125). From this we remember to always appreciate not only our good fortune, but also that often times people have a more to them than what meets the eye. Just as the sales clerk hadn't known that Sally was a prostitute, we can’t pass judgment on others without knowing what they have truly been through, an important lesson that will follow us throughout our

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