Christi Johnson English 11 Pd. 5 Censorship Essay The Catcher in the Rye has been an instant classic since it was first published. It has been on the New York Times Best Seller list along with being among the most banned books in the U. S. It has been banned for its harsh language and bad behavior. But truly these are not good reasons to ban a book; a book that is so enjoyed by many readers and the reality of the protagonist.
It is never good to hear profound language but the book is just showing how the teenage world actually is in many cases. Most teenagers are going threw a lot at that time in their lives, not always to the extreme like Holdren, but hard times none the less. The language in the book is nothing teens are not exposed to on a regular basis. In addition, the Catcher and the Rye also shows how difficult it can be to grow up and make the transition from childhood to adulthood. It is a good message for most high school students.
Even though some objections about the book may arise due to the harsh language and sexuality, The Catcher in the Rye should not be censored, along with other novels that display beneficial messages such as the hardships of growing up. Once students enter high school, they are ready for most material. Naturally at the high school level more mature content should be taught then in middle school. However, books should be more carefully chosen. High school students are typically already exposed to many things in daily life and are preparing for adulthood.
Handling and discussing some difficult material is helpful in this natural development. Books containing curse words, sexual, and homosexual material should not be in the literature or lessons of middle school students. But these topics are appropriate for high school teenagers. The Catcher in The Rye should be taught in schools. In some ways it is a harsh book with some crude material, but nothing high school students cannot handle. Most material should be available for teaching in schools if it has some purpose or beneficial meaning.
Holdren Cuafield, the main character in the novel, fears change and is overwhelmed by complexity. He wants everything to be easily understandable. Holdren does not acknowledge that adulthood scares and mystifies him, but rather says that adulthood is a world of superficiality and hypocrisy, while childhood is a world of innocence, and honesty. The book really exemplifies just how difficult it can be for some teens at times. It is a time you have to be changing whether you like it or not. The book displays an important message that is critical for teens to be reminded of at times.
If teens and readers only are ever told about the ups and good things in life, then it will not prepare them for the “real world”. Therefore, The Catcher inThe Rye should not be censored but rather taught in the high school environment with the goal that students will grasp the message of dealing with change involved in the transition to adulthood. Some problems do arise when incorporating controversial books into the school system. The main and biggest problem is the complaints of parents.
Sometimes parents see the books their kids are reading, a preconceived negative perception, then immediately decide they do not want their kid “exposed” to such material. Parents do have every right to say and decide that. But the feelings of a few parents should not dictate the masses of students. If parents were educated beforehand about the material their children would be covering, it might alleviate some fears and objections. The Catcher in the Rye is a classic that is and has been read in high schools all across the country.
It is a book that many kids have in common on their reading list. It does an excellent job of displaying the difficult passage into the adulthood by many teens. It should be open to be taught and discussed in high school classrooms. The objects are real in that it does contain some harsh content. But these should be looked at in context. The book is through the eyes on a teenager. If you want the real scenario, then it has to contain this material. High school students are very capable of handling this material and it is beneficial for them to read about the hardships in life.