Essay about Arguments Against Banning Catcher in the Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye

By: JD Salinger

Why The Catcher in the Rye Should Not be Banned

By: Ryan Gash

By: Ryan Gash

There are people who would like to see The Catcher in the Rye banned from our schools because it contains disturbing issues. In my opinion they are overlooking the message that J.D. Salinger was trying to communicate. In this novel, the characters exhibit a wide scope of behaviors from honorable to ignominious. The novel presents issues such as respect for religion, or lack thereof. As though these issues were not enough by themselves, there is also the subject of intolerance of others. How, may you ask, should this novel be allowed in our schools? Well, the answer lies deep within the symbolism of the novel,
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One student Holden does not understand lives in the room adjacent to his. The boy is named Ackley and Holden always seems to describe him in a truly negative fashion. For example he says:

"He was one of these very, very tall, round-shouldered guys-he was about six four- with lousy teeth...he had a lot of pimples...and not only that, he had a terrible personality. He was also sort of a nasty guy. I wasn't too crazy about him, to tell you the truth." (Salinger 19).

Holden also doesn't like anyone that he considers to be phony. This category seems to include anybody that doesn't live up to Holden's standards. One example is when Holden and Sally are on a date at the movies and they run into George. He is a preppy "Ivy league" student whom Holden considers to be phony. This type of intolerance should not be accepted in our society. When the author shows Holden being intolerant of nearly everyone, he is trying to show us that this is a bad inclination. Salinger accomplishes this by having Holden be intolerant of nearly every type of person, that way it hits close to home and allows the reader to understand that intolerance is bad. Holden also despises the use of certain words. He hated it when George called the Lunts "angels." Another such word is "f***." He sees this in a school stairwell and is infuriated by the complete lack of respect for the younger children's eyes. This shows his concern over the well being of

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