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The Catcher in the Rye


Olivia DiMarco

on 5 April 2013

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The Catcher in the Rye Olivia DiMarco Alexis Alvarez What is Censorship? By definition a censor is an official who examines books, plays, news reports, motion pictures, radio and television programs, letters, cablegrams, etc., for the purpose of suppressing parts deemed objectionable on moral, political, military, or other grounds. Banned books are removed from shelves of libraries, bookstores, and classrooms because of the content of the book In the (H)olden Days.... When a book was banned it would have been burned and refused publication. Those who possessed banned books were seen as committing an act of treason or heresy and it was punishable by death FUN FACT So Why Was It Banned? Has controversial content including vulgarity, violence, and sexual content
Through out the novel Holden gets punched and has multiple violent fantasies
Put onto the banned book list after its first publication in 1951
Is the 3rd on list of most challenged books 1950 2010 1960 2000 1970 1980 1990 1951 1989 1993 2004 July 16 - The Catcher in the Rye is published
It is also put on the banned book list in this year Banned in Classrooms in Boron High School in California for profanity Challenged as a required reading book at Corona-Narco Unified School District in California because it is "centered around negative activity "One parent, Cydney Schuch, from Bethel Park school went to a school board meeting with a petition of eighty signatures to protest the novel which was assigned to high school students. Schuch wanted the book to be replaced with a book off of the recommended reading list by universities and colleges.
The day after her complaint, the district spokeswoman Vicki Flotta said that “any district parent has the right to say their child should no read a particular book,” however she said that she is “not sure a parent has the right to limit what everyone else reads”
Schuch argued that: The book is filled with profanity and obscenity. It shouldn’t be on campus, much less discussed on campus. We want students to use appropriate language.
So why should they study inappropriate language? She also said that she would prefer that “students read about a lifestyle that exemplified better morals and values”" Most recent attempt to ban The Catcher in the Rye in early October. A teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma was fired for assigning the book to 11th grade English class In Morris, Manitoba, the book was removed from the school libraries for “excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, things concerning moral issues, excessive violence, and anything dealing with the occult” Also banned from a Dorchester District Two school board member in Summerville, South Carolina because it “is a filthy, filthy book” The book was banned at the Windsor Forest High School in Savannah, Georgia because a parent complained about the sex, violence, and profanity in the book 1976 In Oklahoma City a local censorship group went to court to prevent a bookseller from selling the book.
The group parked a “Smutmobile” outside the hearing in protest hoping to persuade the vote.
The bookseller stopped selling to avoid a bigger problem. TIMELINE 1986 In New Jersey complained to their school board about the book’s “filthy and profane” language and its promotion of premarital sex, homosexuality, and perversion. They claimed that it was “explicitly pornographic” and, predictably, “immoral” The board ultimately relented, banning the book for everyone but Advanced Placement students, who they ruled could understand and appreciate the novel’s universal message. In Pennsylvania the book was assigned to an English class.
Parents complained, and the school board voted to ban the book. And Robert John Bardo, who murdered Rebecca Schaeffer, was found carrying the book when he visited her apartment. John Lennon is assassinated by Mark David Chapman.
On the morning of his assassination Chapman asked Lennon to sign his copy of The Catcher in the Rye.
Chapman was then found carrying the book after the assassination.
He also read a passage from the book at his sentencing 1981 John Hinckley, Jr., who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, was also alleged to have been obsessed with the book. The book may be banned if it includes political, religious, sexual, or social content MORE FUN FACTS! curse words... Goddamn = 89 times hell = 63 times b-stard = 2 Chrissake = 18 times @ss = 6 times D-mn = 39 times F-ck = 6 times TEXTUAL EVIDENCE SEX/ALCOHOL PROFANITY VIOLENCE/DRUGS "In my mind, I'm probably the biggest sex maniac you ever saw" (62).
"Sex is something I really don't understand too hot...I keep making up these sex rules for myself, and then I break them right away" (63).
"She used to be a burlesque stripper or something" (63).
"There isn't any night club in the world you can sit in for a long time unless you can at least buy some liquor and get drunk" (76).
"Innarested in having a good time, fella?" "Okay. I'll send a girl up in about fifteen minutes" (90-91).
"I've had quite a few opportunities to lose my virginity and all, but I've never got around to it yet" (92).
"If a body catch a body coming through the rye" (115).
"How's your sex life?" (144)
"Ya mean sex and all? You mean its better in China?" (146)
"what he was doing was, he was sitting on the floor right next to the couch, in the dark and all, and he was sort of petting me or patting me on the goddam head" (192). "You had to feel a little sorry for the crazy sonuvabitch" (39).
"God damn it...you always do everything backasswards...no wonder you're flunking the hell out of here..you don't do one damn thing the way you're supposed to...not one damn thing" (41).
"...I yelled at the top of my goddam voice, 'Sleep tight, ya morons!' I'll bet I woke up ever bastard on the whole floor" (52).
"You're goddam right I am, you dirty crooked bastard!" (89)
"I'd bet a thousand bucks that Jesus never sent old Judas to Hell" (100).
"You give me a royal pain in the ass, if you want to know the truth" (133).
"when something perverty like that happens, I start sweating like a bastard" (193).
"If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't run out even half the "F**k you" signs in the world. Its impossible" (202). "I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist" (39).
"Then he really let one go at me, and the next thin gI knew I was on the goddam floor again...my nose was bleeding all over the place" (45).
"...I'd feel I ought to sock the guy in the jaw or something-break his goddam jaw" (89).
"After old Sunny was gone, I sat in the chair for a while and smoked a couple of cigarettes" (98).
"Then he smacked me. All I felt was this terrific punch in ym stomach" (103).
"I sat down at the bar-it was pretty crowded-and had a couple of Scotch and sodas before old Luce even showed up" (142).
"Yes you're drunk. Go to bed now" (151). So Should It Be Banned? NOOO! Why? Swearing is not something new and it is unnecessary to prohibit a student from reading a book due to profanity when modern teenagers swear in everyday conversations
The language used in The Catcher in the Rye is meant to reflect the conflicts in Holden’s life
According to TV Guide, "Profanity is uttered once every six minutes on American primetime television,"
"Banning a book on the basis of profanity is merely a superficial reason of those who wish to limit beliefs that do not coincide with their own" Holden is a realistic character that many teenagers can relate to
Ron Wiginton, professor of English at Elmhurst College says, "He’s stuck between the world of a child and an adult. He’s using adult language but acts like a kid."
Students have a hard time connecting to novels way out of their comfort zone. Holden is "one of them." They understand him.
Many life lessons can be learned in The Catcher in the Rye, if banned students are being restricted from the "real world" The First Amendment clearly states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise there of; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press."
Therefore banning a book violates our constitutional rights. Many other classics that are in a school's curriculum have much more "inappropriate" references than The Catcher in the Rye.
Othello, “A black ram is tupping your white ewe;”
Macbeth about strong drink, “It provokes the desire but takes away the performance.”
"The bawdy repartee that begins Romeo and Juliet or the earthy speech by Juliet’s nurse concerning her late husband." Holden thinks, talks, and worries about sex and thinks his friends are sexually active but what teenager doesn't?
The sexual content in the book is not nearly as bad as television shows and music videos Profanity Realistic Violation Inappropriate? Works Cited
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"The Catcher in the Rye Summary and Analysis." The Catcher in the Rye Study Guide : Catcher in the Rye: A History of Censorship. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2013.
"The Catcher in the Rye Turns 60, Its Censorship Still in Question." The Leader Newspaper Elmhurst College RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2013.
"Free Essays - The Catcher In the Rye Should Not Be Banned Catcher Rye Essays." Free Essays - The Catcher In the Rye Should Not Be Banned Catcher Rye Essays. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2013.
"STUMPTALK: Don't Ban 'Catcher in the Rye' » Opinion » Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN." Opinion ATOM. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2013. THE END THE END THE END
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