Catcher in the Rye

Essay by afpperottiHigh School, 11th grade September 2014

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After only two weeks of being published in 1951, Catcher in the Rye reached the n.1 best seller in the New York Times best seller list. By 1960, a teacher from Tulsa, Oklahoma was fired for assigning this book to his students. Starting with this, the book banned status exponentially grew throughout the United States, and other countries like Australia. Now a days it is still a very controversial book though it is more accepted than before. The change of society from the 1950 to the society of the 21 century is reflected in the banned book status of Catcher in the Rye.

Catcher in the Rye was definitely a book that was ahead of the way of thinking of its time; this is not because of the events, but because the way that the author clearly and flawlessly reveals the darkness of these.

The use of bad language from Holden and the frequent bad decisions he takes were believed to be a bad influence for the teenagers of the time. Truth is, Holden's experiences are a reality of the American society, and any teenager can be involved in them (talk about "not shooting the messenger"). His frequent way of describing everything as the "damn (subject)" and his careless speech is of a teenager that not every father wants to have. The 1950's society rejected the book for the main character's personality and bad example of how to live in life. Unable to more deeply analyze the message and meaning of the book, authorities had it banned some years after its publishing.

J.D. Salinger's novel now a days is considered an essential novel in high school level literature, and one of the readers favorite...