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Catcher In The Rye & Novel Censorship

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I do not like censorship for literature, even though some books have content that is for a more mature audience. I believe that literature is a way for people to express themselves that can also give the author's views on certain topic, so their work shouldn't be banned or censored just because of the content. In the United States, we have a right to freedom of speech, so I would think that literature fits under that right. Banning and censoring books is almost like taking the author's right of freedom of speech away. Even banning books in schools isn't good, because even though the content is mature, if the teacher thinks the students in that grade can handle it, then they probably can. It is understandable how parents worry about what their child is reading, but books can be a great way for kids to learn about serious issues and topics.
The novel "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger has been banned in many places for language and mature content. While there are some scenes that can be deemed unfit for school (like the scene with Sunny the prostitute, or the one with Mr. Antolini patting Holden's head) along with Holden's persistent cursing, the book does have messages in it that should be heard. If people look past the "bad" content, then it is easier to see the book's message. One of the main messages in this novel is growing up. Holden acts very immature throughout this book and until the end, he doesn't seem to change much at all. At the end, however, Holden seems to have realized that he has grown up. Many of adolescences have experienced similar problems that Holden did (including loneliness and a need to fit it) so this novel is a good representation to that, which is why it should not be censored.
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