The Catcher in the Rye and Holden Caulfield Essay

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Catcher in the Rye
Book Review

Catcher in the Rye is not a story for everyone, and that has been evident since it was written. It is chock full of nasty words, sexual references and violence, but all of that makes it one of the best books I've ever written. Even though it was written in 1951, kids today in the 21st century find it extremely easy to relate to the rebellious 17 year old protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Catcher in the Rye was a story I wasn't able to put down once I started it. It is an incredibly captivating story told by the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, through a letter he wrote to his mother while in a “Rest home” somewhere in California a few months after the events in the book. It has been the centrepiece of much controversy mainly during the 50's-70's. Many many parents were not happy with teachers assigning such a vulgar and obscene book to their kids. When an 11th grade teacher in Tulsa Oklahoma assigned Catcher in the Rye to her class, she was fired. After an appeal she was reinstated to her position but the book was banned from the school. In 1963, parents in Ohio dubbed the book “obscene” and “anti-white”. Catcher in the Rye was written by J.D. Salinger in 1951 and it's genre is realistic fiction. I also classify it as a bildungsroman, meaning a coming-of-age novel. Holden narrates, in first person, the events of a long weekend at the end of the fall school term somewhere in the late 1940's or early 1950's and how it changed his life. It is set at