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...