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JD Salingers novel The Catcher in the Rye has been accused of excess vulgarity andbanned from highschool classrooms however close examination reveals it is merely theexpression of a disturbed adolescent and therefore appropriate Salingers backgroundand adolescence can be examined and compared to that of Holden Caulfield the hero inCatcher in the Rye as well as Holdens deep emotions and intense feelings in order tofully understand why the language was usedJD Salinger was born on January 1 1919 His father was Jewish and was veryprosperous Stevenson 14 When he was 13 in 1932 he attended McBurney school ofManhattan and failed out of the school at the end of the first quarter Then his father senthim to Valley Forge Military Acadamy in Pennsylvania Walters 21 A friend of hisrecalled climbing over a fence with him in highschool and said He was full of wit andhumor and sizzling wisecracksI think he relized at that age he was more talented withthe pen then the rest of us his conversation was frequently laced withSalinger has a very unique personality and differing views on the world He hasbeen known to lie about his past saying he played goalie for the Montreal Canadians andthe Marx Brothers were always coming to his house when he was young Walters 23 Hesees the world in views of allies and enemies He has a good deal of natural style and acruel ear he dislikes many previously stated ideas and is very opinionated Kazin 67 Hiszeal for privacy is unbievable even though he is such a private person millions of teensfeel closer to him than any other writer Lundquist 11 He cannot accept people whoseem to be dynamic worldshakers who are only motivated be materialistic goals Hewants humans to have a sense of compassion Stevenson 17 Salinger seems as if hewould be a republican because he would favor a party who completely supported stability He is against those who threaten the order and tranquility of the world
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