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In The Life Of Holden Caulfield

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What is it about being politically correct in this society that drives us all to the brink of madness? In this world today there is corruption and destruction. Both of which, we do not have the ability to stop. There are some really small pleasures in this world that should not be taken from us, and books are one of those things. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a book that has been banned from schools and kept from children all around the nation. This book shows the reflections on the life of Holden Caulfield’s, the main characters, life. It takes you through a three day expedition of his life, and gives valuable insight into what a normal teenager may face during these three days. The book itself shares many things that have forced schools and parents to ban it from their curriculum. The book itself should not be banned but examined and studied. It offers valuable insight to show kids that everyone goes through these tough times. Holden is showed a new way of thinking and the book really takes the reader into his mind. It allows for personal growth in the main character and the reader as well. This is a wonderful book that should be shown to anyone who will read it and not censored from our youth.The book itself centers on the idea that Holden Caulfield is sick and tired of all the people in this world, mainly the adults that are around him, and in his life. He begins to realize that he just can not grow up and he must stay a kid forever. He talks about this vision that he has. It is all about the poem by Robert Burns, “Comin Thro' the Rye.” He says, “Anyway I keep picturing all these kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around-nobody big, I mean-except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff-I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them.” This has incredible value to a young person, as long as they understand the genuine belief behind this. Anyone who has read or watched Peter Pan should know that, “no one wants to grow old.” Holden is sharing his feelings about fear of growing old and changing into adulthood. We all have fears and sometimes we are not always able to talk about them. Holden has found a way to do that without being uncomfortable and also sharing the values of family by doing so with his sister, Phoebe.The book itself does, however, have some vulgar language and definitely uses these words to their full capacity. According to Kristine Jones, “There are 224 instances where obscene language has been used in the book, with a few occurrences being the ‘F-word (Jones).’” June Edwards makes an interesting statement that says, “Is the Catcher in the Rye immoral as censors claim? It depends on how one defines immorality....

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