Why We Shouldn T Holden Be Censored?

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What would happen to the world if kids of any age were able to watch any movie, listen to any song, and create any art they wanted? Well for starters, that would never happen, but that would be complete freedom, right? Artists, just like regular people, have their own individual opinions, but unlike regular people, some artist face censorship when expressing their ideas. In Artistic Freedom, Holden, the main character of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, originally feels that art should be censored because it could be considered harmful to children’s mindsets. However as the movie progresses, Holden learns that this is not true. Art should not be censored because art is the only way for people to express their individuality and thoughts. …show more content…

In the film, Holden decides that an art piece is too explicit for his taste, so he takes it down. When he is questioned about his decision, his answer is “I’m Holden. What do you expect?”. The reason the actor said this statement with a nonchalant attitude is simply because Holden in The Catcher in the Rye, responds to everything with a nonchalant attitude. In The Catcher in the Rye, when Holden’s ex-teacher is giving him a life lesson, Holden’s response is “if you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game, alright- I’ll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hotshots, then what’s a game about it? Nothing. No game” (pg. 11, Salinger). This refers to the actor’s choice in words as well because she decided to use his already pompous tone to convene her character. The director used the quote from the book to create a character that would be difficult to talk to, as Holden’s perspective on life is …show more content…

In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden happens to wander through a museum where “somebody’d written ‘Fuck you’ on the wall. It drove [him] damn near crazy. [He] thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it, and how they’d wonder what the hell it meant” (pg. 221, Salinger). In the movie, Holden ends up getting himself, Marji, and Piggy banned from the museum that they were visiting because he didn’t like the artwork. His reasoning was because “it was just too explicit” to be in the museum. His feelings in the movie mirror his feelings in the book, as he wouldn’t want to take the innocence of a child away with artwork. This also helped when the filmmakers created the script for Artistic Freedom, because they needed to have a character that agreed with art censorship. Holden was the best character to do so because there was evidence in The Catcher in the Rye to support how he was portrayed in the

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