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Stop Book Censorship Essay

1328 words - 6 pages

Growing up as a child, parent’s shelter their children as much as they cannot allowing them to take in negativity and vulgarity in the world, but what happens when they go to school and talking amongst other children? Some parents do not always shelter their children as much, letting them know what is happening in the world at a much younger age than others. Teachers, but mainly government, try to correct what they think is wrong by censoring what content children can and cannot read. Censoring books should not be allowed today because children are maturing at a younger age; they are exposed to more vulgar content now with cellphones than when reading a book such as The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, or a modern title like the Harry Potter series (American Library Association). Censoring books should not be allowed since children are maturing at a younger age; that is, children and teenagers should be able to choose whether or not they if they think books are too vulgar for their own preference.
In the past and today, books have been censored for vulgar language, the acts of violence, and sexual content. Books have also been censored for being too adult-like. The Catcher in the Rye’s censorship is debatable; in my opinion, if I had to pick a reason it would be because Holden was trying to be an adult although he was still a kid. He is in between the same world of an adult and a child; he uses the same words of an adult but continues to act like a child (Wiginton). When he was not around people he knew, or around the people he knew most, he tried to be more adult-like by ordering alcoholic beverages and smoking cigarettes.
As a result, Holden, who is only seventeen, uses language modern teenager’s use today. For example, in the book he says, “I have a kid sister that’s only in the goddam fourth grade. You’re about as good as she is, and she can dance better than anybody living or dead” (Salinger 72). Unless children are raised extremely religious, people often hear swearing as a teenager’s regular vocabulary. The words like “goddam” that were once vulgar are not considered extremely vulgar anymore. A book should not be banned just for the use of a minor word that is used constantly in today’s society.
Moreover, Holden was trying to prove that he was more of an adult by ordering adult beverages and acting more like an adult. In the book he is at a night club and says “I can’t sit in a corny place like this cold sober. Can’tcha stick a little rum in it or something?” (Salinger 70) also, when he succeeds getting alcohol:
“I ordered a Scotch and soda, which is my favorite drink, next to frozen Daiquiris. If you were only around six years old, you could get liquor at Ernie’s, the place was so dark and all, and besides, nobody cared how old you were. You could even be a dope fiend and nobody’d care” (Salinger 85).
Holden is bragging that he is able to get alcohol underage. This was proving to him that he is more adult-like but also still...

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