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The Contemporary Enlightened One JD Salinger is considered one of the most critically reviewed author in modern literature In particular his only novel Catcher in the Rye has received the most criticism The book has been constantly debate and sometimes banned in some states because of its vulgar language and sexual content On the other hand it is used in freshmen English and praised as the greatest book in the twentieth century Catcher in the Rye has been reviewed in many aspects People had drawn many conclusions in trying to decipher the meaning of Catcher in the Rye and the mind behind the mysterious Salinger Buddhism is one apparent aspect in this book and it is also apparent in Salingers life Does Salinger exhibit Buddhism on different levels in Catcher in the Rye The main character in the book is Holden Caulfield He attends a rich prep school called Prency prep It is a school that typifies the idealistic American school where the dirt and grind does not have a space at least not on the surface Holden is then expelled from the school and starts to venture out the world on his own He goes back down to New York the dirt and grind capital of the world He gets more and more sickened by the fakeness and cruelty of the world An example of this would be in the Catcher in the Rye when he goes in to the museum he notices an obscenity written with a childs red crayon on the wall121 bloom Holden says in the novel Thats the whole trouble he realizes You cant ever find a place thats nice and peaceful because there isnt any You may think there is but once you get there when youre not looking somebodyll sneak up and write Fuck you right under your nose264 Salinger He throws up because of the whole idea and from that point he then begins to understands
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