The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Sallinger

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The Catcher in the Rye Banned Essay “I HATED the Salinger story. It took me days to go through it, gingerly, a page at a time, and blushing with embarrassment for him every ridiculous sentence of the way. How can they let him do it?" (Elizabeth Bishop, American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner, on The Catcher in the Rye, 1956). This is one of many perspectives of Salinger's novel, making it to the list of America’s banned books. However, in order to have a deeper understanding of the book and of the banning during the time the novel was written, it is essential to understand Salinger’s mind and the historical context at the time the book was written. Salinger was born and grew up in New York City, as well as Holden, the main character in “The Catcher in the Rye”. As a child, Salinger went to a prep school, Salinger was a very smart and intelligent child, although his grades reflected the opposite, just like Holden. “The Catcher in the Rye” and many of his other works make it very clear on how he is a writer whose works come from his own experiences. In 1951 when the book was published, there was no category of Young Adult Fiction, therefore he attracted the attention of all the readers, and all the audience, since he was creating a new genre. Nevertheless, this new genre would cause greater controversy than awe. In “The Catcher in the Rye”, the abundant words of foul language, sex and drugs, make Salinger’s main character, Holden, a pathetic man to some, and an admirable man to others. “The Catcher in The Rye” amazes some readers but offends others. The constant use of offensive language, mainly through the character of Holden, Holden boldly and continually uses various different types of swear words of different... ... middle of paper ... ...Rye has been one of the works of J.D Salinger that have made it to the top of Americas banned book list. Salinger was a writer that truly reflected his own experiences, into his writing therefore The Catcher in the Rye really reflects what Salinger has been through, including the time he was born in. One of the important reasons for why The Catcher in the Rye got placed where it belongs was for how Salinger created a new genre, young adult fiction, this genre attracted the attention of all the audience and many people, a new genre that created lots of controversy in the time. But overall the main and most important reason of why The Catcher in the Rye got banned, was the abundant words of foul language, sex and drugs. These reasons gave The Catcher in the Rye, a ticket straight to being banned, because of their strong meanings and uses throughout the novel.
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