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Yes Catcher in the Rye should be taught However it should not be taught to everyone It should be taught in upper level high school classes and college courses This way the student readers are mature enough to understand the novel the way in which it was meant to be read The novel presents a very descriptive and accurate although somewhat extreme representation of a teenagers mind This allows student readers to identify with the book and therefore easily see the themes show in it Critics wish to ban this novel for its depressing view of life and its mature themes and languages However it is these things that the reader can take the best lessons from Teenagers seem to be able to easily connect with Holden Caudfield He is a very real character with very strong and real emotions and reactions Throughout the novel he experiences loneliness fear depression and a deep desire to be loved and accepted These things are major parts of a teenagers life The novel shows a deep insight into the life of an adolescent and how foolish reactions contribute greatly to his downfall Many critics who wish to ban Catcher in the Rye from schools claim that the book is dangerous because students will attempt to emulate the actions of Holden However just by reading the novel one can see that this is entirely false Salinger purposely and clearly makes Holdens reactions to the world look stupid Students can see that Holdens actions are very immature and destructive The reader can immediately identify that Holden is headed for a fall Throughout the novel Holden is constantly speaking whatever is on his mind Many readers are impressed by and jealous of his ability to do so However they also recognize that this trait in many ways leads to his downfall because society tends to reject this type of action Holden also attempts at points to conform to the society
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