Essay On The Catcher In The Rye Moral Laws

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Moral laws, an absolute principle defining the criteria of right action, are rules by which mankind govern themselves. The laws are general basic rules by which the world is supposed to follow in order to create a fair, just and safe environment for everyone to live in. Oftentimes, many books, plays, songs and speeches have been condemned by speaking against the unspoken laws and often encouraging others to do so as well. The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger is one of many examples where a book challenges traditional teachings throughout its content and as a result, is banished from various groups and organizations around the world. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, the author, JD Salinger, encapsulates the teenage angst among many individuals today through the main character Holden Caulfield and his journey through a world full of phonies. Author Jerome David Salinger,…show more content…
Highly respected individuals and organizations revered the book while on the other hand many schools banned the contents and forbade the teachers to teach the book itself. Not long after the initial publication, the New York Times believed “Holden's story was told in Holden's own strange, wonderful language by J. D. Salinger in an unusually brilliant novel” (Burger 1). However, on the other side of the spectrum, some went to the extent to seek that the “The Catcher in the Rye be banned continually from schools, libraries, and bookstores due to its profanity, sexual subject matter, and rejection of some traditional American ideals” (Lamazoff 1). Yet, despite the critiques and appraisals upon the book's initial publication, as society has evolved and time has progressed, the book has sold over 65 million copies worldwide and is studied in schools and universities all over the
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