Banned Books in Connecticut
By: Jasdeep (Jazzy) Sandhu
Communications 100, 2/16/2010
Why Catcher in the rye was Banned
Although Catcher in the rye became No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list when it was published in 1951, it attracted the attention of censors immediately. It was banned from public libraries and schools for reasons ranging from using excessive vulgar language, sexual scenes, moral issues, excessive violence, racist, rude and the occult. Regardless of efforts to ban the book, it was translated into 30 languages and sold more than 65 million copies. The Catcher in the rye, written by J.D. Salinger has served as a conflagration for debate and extreme controversy. Although the novel has been the target of scornful criticism, it has also been the topic of wide discussion. The novel portrays the life of sixteen year old, Holden Caulfield. Currently in psychiatric care, Holden recalls what happened to him last Christmas. At the beginning of his story, Holden is a student at Pencey Prep School. Having been expelled for failing four out of his five classes, Holden leaves school and spends 72-hours in New York City before returning home. There, Holden encounters new ideas, people, and experiences. Holden's psychological battle within himself serves as the tool that uncovers the coming-of-age novel's underlying themes of teen angst, depression, and the disingenuous nature of society. The novel tackles issues of blatant profanity, teenage sex, and other erratic behavior. Such issues have supplemented the controversial nature of the book and in turn, have sparked the question of whether or not this book should be banned. Banning books such as, The Catcher in the rye infringes on the freedoms that America was founded upon. The Bill of Rights is one of the founding principles upon which America was established. The First Amendment clearly states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise...
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