Persuasive Essay On The Catcher In The Rye

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Emotions are something that many people find hard to talk about, especially if these emotions create a negative outlook on the person expressing them. Many novels will bring up these emotions in characters, but not address the feelings directly. However, there is one book that develops that emotional connection between the reader and the characters, but that book has come close to being banned. The book The Catcher in the Rye has created controversy over the sexual content, the illegal substance use, and the mature language. However, the book has also been recognized for its blunt honesty and open speech. This novel should be taught in high schools today due to the way in which it can help eliminate loneliness and fear because of the discussions that a class can have based on this novel.
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He knows that the school doesn’t want him to be there anymore, his roommate almost beat him unconscious, and his parents will only be disappointed when they know that he has been expelled from yet another school. For Holden, it seems like there is no one else to turn to, except his younger sister Phoebe who he can’t see unless he goes home. Teenagers all across America feel this same sort of detachment from the rest of society. Only one thing going wrong could cause the rest of our worlds to collapse. Holden ended up trying to live on the streets when he ran out of money, and as the story progressed, he dug himself into a larger hole of loneliness. The New York Times asked one teenager for his thoughts on how our world has changed since the writing of this book. The boy replied, “Yeah my generation has twitter, and facebook, and cell phones, and what-have-you. The world is always changing in little ways like that. It’s the big things that don’t change… there is no way to circumvent the feeling of being utterly alone and
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