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Should The Catcher In The Rye Be Banned?

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Writing is an art form, and one that should not be restricted to fit the whims of a few delusional parents and adults. Censorship of books in the United States dates back to Puritan New England in 1650, when William Pynchon’s The Meritorious Price of Redemption was banned from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The novel discussed a viewpoint that was against what Puritan ministers usually taught, which naturally made this book labeled as heretical. He then moved back to England because he thought New England had little religious freedom. Clearly, Pynchon understood that a piece of writing should not be banned for a town solely because it challenged some social norms in his highly-religious ...view middle of the document...

Furthermore, Holden thinks about sex more than any action he takes to actually have sex, a trait common among teenage boys that has not changed. After he is unable to sleep with the prostitute he hired, he asks an old friend from another boarding school about his sex life. The friend, Luce, frustratingly responds, “When in hell are you going to grow up?” (Salinger 146), and when Holden presses further, he says, “Must we go on with this inane conversation,” (Salinger 146). In no way is this exchange titillating, which is what many book banners imagine it to be. Similarly, the mild violence of The Catcher in the Rye in no way encourages this behavior in readers. The most noteworthy of this concerns suicide, where a boy Holden used to go to school with jumped off a building. Holden describes the aftermath: “He was dead, and his teeth, and blood, were all over the place, and nobody would even go near him” (Salinger 170). With an annual number of youth suicides reaching 4,600, suicide is not something that should be taken out of books and discussions.
The Catcher in the Rye not only paints a realistic portrait of adolescence, but uses its main character to show some of the weaknesses of this age. In the novel, Holden’s cynical view constantly calls people “phonies”, and therefore ostracizes himself from everyone around him. He believes that few people aren’t phonies- he, Phoebe, Allie, and the nuns. Since Allie is dead, this leaves a limited amount of people to interact with. Thus, he resorts to trying to get the attention of others, like bar singers and taxi drivers. They all refuse his offers, and Holden thinks, “While I was changing my shirt, I damn near gave my kid sister Phoebe a buzz, though. I certainly felt like talking to her on the phone. Somebody with sense and all” (Salinger 66). Through Holden’s forced isolation, a reader can learn that making and maintaining human relationships are crucial. You don’t always end up as a mental patient, but there’s always a risk. With solid relationships, Holden would not have spent so many nights wandering New York City looking for attention, and it may have...

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