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Censorship Of The Catcher In The Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye is a book that is an entertaining and compelling novel portraying, to some extent, the typical journey every person goes through in adolescence. It's relatable to many in that stage of life between childhood and adulthood. But is it to explicit and should it be banned or censored from schools? My opinion is that censorship is a little extreme for this book. This novel should not be banned or censored because it is relatable to people in Holden Claufield's age group, it does not use overly explicit language and sexual descriptions for the age group that it targets, my personal experience with books in high school, and it gives teens and older in schools and classes more of wide variety of books than just the expected old literature.
Cencorship is defined as the suppression or proscription of speech or writing that is deemed obscene, indecent, or unduly controversial (The Free Dictionary). Society practiced censorship because they felt that the community was a representation of the government. Therefore, they felt that they were responsible for molding the people in the community. It is used to surpress ideas and images that the government this is unfit for the public to see.
The book is targeted to people in the adolensce stage in life. Speaking from personal experience, students appreciate more than anything when they can read a story in their English class that can relate to them even if it is only a little. Holden goes through a phase in the book that basically every person in his age range goes through, and that is finding himself and figuring out what he wants to do with his life. Holden also resembles that adolescent rebellion that a person goes through at some point in that age range, which makes it even more engaging for readers in that stage of their life. The people Holden talks about in his life, whether it is his friends or family, can remind the audience, to some degree, of the people in their life they have to deal with. This book is also related to many teens that are depressed and angry about the world. Throughout the story, Holden talks about how much he hates the world and how fake people are. Even I can relate to some of his thoughts about hating the world, so I am sure that there are plenty of teens that can relate too. When he was on his date with Sally he started ranting about how much he hated school and the 'phonies' he has to deal with:
" 'I'm ought to go to a boys' school sometime. Try it sometime,' I said. 'It's full of phonies, and all you do is study so that you can learn enough to be smart enough to be able to buy a goddam Cadillac some day, and you have to keep making believe you give a damn if you if the football team loses, and all you do is talk about liquor and sex all day, and everybody sticks together in these dirty little goddam cliques.' " (Catcher in the Rye)
A lot of teenagers feel that way in school especially if they feel like they do not belong, which makes the book more...

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