Catcher In The Rye Should Not Be Banned Essay

768 Words4 Pages
The book sheds a tear as it is banned by administration for students to read. The Catcher in the Rye should not be banned for summer reading for incoming sophomores because of its “explicit” content. After high school, out in the real world, life experiences are not censored or banned to protect you. You must experience life and all that comes with it. Just because a book that was written many decades ago may have bad words in it, doesn’t mean that it should be withheld from the students. Additionally, the educational value of, The Catcher in the Rye would be totally lost if a book is banned just for containing “explicit” language.
Sophomore students are at the age where they are old enough to know what is appropriate and what isn’t and they can read a book that has bad words in it. If a book is banned because of its explicit content, that overshadows the educational content and the moral lessons that the reader would take away from reading this book. Sophomores are around the same age as the main character in the novel, Holden Caulfield. That being said, students can relate to books with characters in the same age group, thus making it an appropriate literary choice for high school reading. Holden Caulfield ventures to New York City in
…show more content…
Salinger is a wonderful novel with rich educational content and it should not be withheld from students because of what is deemed inappropriate and “explicit” language and content. Moreover, The Catcher in the Rye is an educational book that should be included in the sophomore English curriculum because out in the real world, life experiences are not censored or banned to protect you, sophomore students are at the age where they are old enough to know what is appropriate and what isn’t and they can read a book that has bad words in it, and if a book is banned for such a thing as bad language, the students are the ones being shorted because they are missing the educational value of the
Open Document