Influences of The Catcher in the Rye in the World

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Joao Raimundo
Mr. Booth
English 10
01/10/2013
Influences of The Catcher in the Rye in the World Although The Catcher in the Rye has been considered one of the top 100 Books of the Century by the French newspaper Le Monde (Savigneau), it is highly controversial and many people despise it. Several societies believe that the book leads the reader to psychological problems and misfits in society. Countless schools and libraries have banned the books during its first years of existence, however, it is considered one of the most important books of the century. The book has been the reason, or has been mentioned, in many murders, of people such as: John F. Kennedy, John Lennon, and the attempt of assassination of Ronald Reagan. The murderers had read The Catcher in the Rye before the events. When they were caught, or found, they had the book. The character, Holden Caulfield, in J.D. Salinger’s, The Catcher in the Rye, has many psychological problems and is an outcast in society, leading some people to follow his path and taking it to the extreme, by killing others. The main themes of the book have been discussed for years and these are the themes that are most talked about by readers. The Catcher in the Rye has been read by millions of people, who can come to a consensus to what the theme is. The main themes of the books are: loneliness and social awkwardness. The main character, Holden Caulfield, was a very depressed young boy. He was expelled from his previous schools and in the beginning of the book was in a boarding school. He later found out that he was expelled from the boarding school, but, he could only go home the week later, in order for his family not to know that he was expelled. From the moment he decides to leave school, to the moment the week ends, we undergo a voyage with Holden. We understand how he lives, how depressed he was, he was always commenting on other people and he was not happy with his life. He didn’t know how to interact with people,

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