The Catcher Of The Rye By William Shakespeare And Mark Twain

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Since at least 387 B.C. censors have been trying to ban books that contain nontraditional or unpopular viewpoints. Books are banned because of the whole book in general or sometimes even for a single word or because the cover seems to suggest an offensive subject matter. Censors not only try to ban “dirty books” but they try to ban classics as well. Many classic writers such as William Shakespeare and Mark Twain have had their work attacked by censors as well as contemporary writers such as Annie Dillard and Alice Walker. Even books like dictionaries, travel guides, and Bibles have been banned (“If You Think We We’re Free”). Many people feel that J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher In The Rye is dangerous because it contains vulgarity, violence, and sexual content (Chandler). Although The Catcher in the Rye was put on the banned book list shortly after its first publication in 1951, it is a fascinating and enlightening classic that everyone should have the opportunity to read.

Holden Caulfield, the main character and narrator of The Catcher in the Rye, is a teenager growing up in the 1950’s in New York. He has been expelled from school once again for poor achievement. In order to deal with his failure, Holden decides to leave school a few days before the end of the term and escapes to New York before returning to his home for the punishment. Written entirely in first person, the book describes Holden’s experiences and thoughts over the few days he takes…
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