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The Catcher in the Rye Essay

  • Submitted by: vincenthawth
  • on January 6, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,394 words

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The Catcher in the Rye

Since The Catcher in the Rye came to stands in 1951 it has sparked constant controversial debates on whether it should or shouldn’t be allowed in English curriculum. The racy themes about moral confusion, intimacy issues and loss of innocence have for years concerned parents with the fact that their children will be exposed to these subjects. The parents miss the point of the novel by J.D. Salinger; they don’t understand the line between preserving innocence and seeing the crap of the real world and growing up from that. Their reasoning for banning such a rich, well written novel is absurd.
        For years this novel has been banned and/or challenged from schools and libraries and it started not even a decade after if came out. 1960, 9 years after The Catcher in the Rye came out a teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma assigned the book to her 11th grade class, she was then fired from her job for adding the book to her junior year’s English curriculum (ala.org). Afterword she was appealed and reinstated by the school board. But Catcher was still removed from being read in the school. Then in 1963 a band of parents tried to get the book removed from the school claiming it was “anti-white” and “obscene”(ala.org). The parents though didn’t get their wishes and the board of a Columbus, Ohio high school denied the request. Banning of The Catcher in the Rye had gone so far as to ban it other countries. As a gift in 1957 America sent copies of Catcher in the Rye to Australia but at Commonwealth Customs, the copies were seized and banned from Australia (http://www.caslon.com.au/). In 1988 an Indiana high school claimed that the book was “blasphemous and undermines morality”. The book has been claimed as “obscene” “excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, and things concerning moral issues, excessive violence and anything dealing with that occult”; basically it was once accused of being a cult book. All these issues with the book has been blown out of...

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