The book The Catcher In The Rye is a very controversial book which has been banned in many school districts and which some parents are glad it is. While there are arguments on why the book should be banned because of the characters, which range from honorable to insolent. The book represents intolerance of other people and other people’s religion. This novel may contain many controversial issues but the book teaches about morals and acceptance of others. The symbolism of the book means much more than the words represent.
The story begins with Holden Caulfield, the main character, is a troubled and lonely young adult which shows in his behavior and his choices in life, returning from a ...view middle of the document...
Holden sees adults to be “phonies” whom he calls anybody who says something then do the opposite or will act like they like that person but then go talk behind that person’s back.
“One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies. That's all. They were coming in the goddam window. For instance, they had this headmaster, Mr. Haas, that was the phoniest bastard I ever met in my life. Ten times worse than old Thurmer. On Sundays, for instance, old Haas went around shaking hands with everybody's parents when they drove up to school. He'd be charming as hell and all. Except if some boy had little old funny-looking parents. You should've seen the way he did with my roommate's parents. I mean if a boy's mother was sort of fat or corny-looking or something, and if somebody's father was one of those guys that wear those suits with very big shoulders and corny black-and-white shoes, then old Hans would just shake hands with them and give them a phony smile and then he'd go talk, for maybe a half an hour, with somebody else's parents. I can't stand that stuff. It drives me crazy. It makes me so depressed I go crazy. I hated that goddam Elkton Hills “ – (J.D. Salinger Chapter 2 )
Holden is a depressed child which affects his choices and he sees the world through a negative perspective.
“People are always ruining things for you.” – (J.D. Salinger)
People say one of the controversial topics about this book is the vulgar language Holden uses. But the author doesn’t use these words to make the reader laugh or entertain but to show us how a lonely depressed adolescent sees the world. The novel also brings about prostitution where Holden pays for a prostitute in which many parents can say this is another reason this book shouldn’t be on the shelves. But parents should never be to naïve to remember to the audience that this book is targeting. The book targets young adults who at this age whether or not the parent wants it to happen is the age where sex, drugs, alcohol, and depression is a big topic in the mind of an average teenager. Many teenagers can relate to...