Analysis Of 'If A Body Catch A Body'

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Literary Criticism 1 Summary In her essay, “ 'If a Body Catch a Body ': The Catcher in the Rye Censorship Debate as Expression of Nuclear Culture” (1991), author Pamela Steinle explores the debate over censorship circling The Catcher in the Rye that caused many to not only worry about the educational fight over the future with or without the book, but with the constant worry of a nuclear war occurring at any moment given the time the debate had occurred. Steinle supports this idea through the use of different statistics and quotes from both pro- and con-censorship and identifies a different topic than that of the original debate. Her purpose is to show how the bigger worry in the debate was over nuclear warfare rather than the censorship. Steinle’s informational tone attracts a more educated audience who is familiar with the novel and the events of the time surrounding the debate. Response In her essay, Pamela Steinle asserts that The Catcher in the Rye is a mundane novel and is confused as to how it gained a great deal of popularity, both positive and negative. She argues that, “[i]t is this fear of nuclear holocaust,... that I believe is at the…show more content…
22). Brooks supports this through comparing the characters of The Catcher in the Rye to other well known books with similar teenage character and showing how these characters act their ages and that is what draws in the attention of many around them. The purpose of the piece is to show how Salinger had written Catcher in such a way that the book is timeless and shows how The Catcher in the Rye has aided his writing career. Brooks creates an aloof tone, making it seem the intended audience is everyone who has read to the novel and related to it in some

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