Censorship of The Catcher in the Rye

948 Words Jun 18th, 2018 4 Pages
The Catcher in the Rye is a book that is an entertaining and compelling novel portraying, to some extent, the typical journey every person goes through in adolescence. It's relatable to many in that stage of life between childhood and adulthood. But is it to explicit and should it be banned or censored from schools? My opinion is that censorship is a little extreme for this book. This novel should not be banned or censored because it is relatable to people in Holden Claufield's age group, it does not use overly explicit language and sexual descriptions for the age group that it targets, my personal experience with books in high school, and it gives teens and older in schools and classes more of wide variety of books than just the expected …show more content…
Students are unable to relate to ancient literature because most of them use a kind of grammar that is confusing and no one talks like that anymore. Therefore, they end up uninterested and bored with the class overall. Even if the student cannot relate to Holden and the way he feels it still makes it interesting to go in to the mind of someone as depressed and angry as him. Reading a story like Catcher in the Rye helps branch out and give the students more of a variety of books. In turn, they become more enthusiastic and interested because despite the book being a little old, it is not too old to easily understand and get interested in. My personal experience with reading books in high school are worse than reading Cather in the Rye. For example I read a book called Push that was on the allowed literature book list for one of my essays.This book is probably the second most explicit book I have ever read. It had every explicit word you could think of in it and some of the most detailed sexual content I had ever read. Catcher in the Rye never goes into detail about sexual things. When he is on his date with Sally he talks about how they 'horse around' in the back seat of the taxi:
"We horsed around a little bit in the cab on the way over to the theater. At first she didn't want to, because she had her lipstick on and all, but I was being seductive as
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