Aug 29, 2013

The Catcher in the Rye


I was kind of sad and sort of offended that so many of my classmates didn't like The Catcher in the Rye. They are removing it from US school curriculums and that makes me very sad. I wrote about why it is important for kids to read Catcher in the Rye for a school essay. Here is the last paragraph:


Holden Caulfield contains all the emotional turmoil of teenage life.  The Catcher in Rye applies now more than ever. A lot of kids now are out of touch with their emotions and out of tune with other people. Technology has allowed my generation to hide, instead of learning how to relate to people in a healthy manner. Social networking and online communication has made my peers more scared to make mistakes, because they will be humiliated digitally in a second. I think that is why many students feel like they can’t relate to the book. People who don’t have compassion for Holden, don’t feel comfortable opening themselves up to feel certain emotions. It is important for students, because if they read it thoughtfully, with an open heart, it will awaken their compassion for their fellow students and everyone they encounter.

Maybe I'm projecting.





12 comments:

  1. Wow. So insightful and true.If people would actually open up a book, and maybe not afraid of a library it could open their eyes to the world around them and awaken their senses to how truly wondrous and beautiful life really is.

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  2. I couldn't agree more. I am 21 years old and I just "re-read" The Catcher In The Rye this past fall for leisure. It's now my favorite book. I remember having to read the book in high school, and simply skimming through the pages only to pass a test or quiz. When I re-read it recently, I was so mad at myself for not taking the time to read it when I was in high school. I wish I could tell other high schoolers that it's actually the best book you'll be 'forced' to read, and it's packed with amazing life lessons and great humor.

    You make great points in your closing paragraph of your essay, I hope your opinion will change some minds! Holden Caulfield is the man.

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  3. I am proud of you! Catcher in the Rye was on the banned books list when I was in school. Like any curious teenager I had to find out why. I fell in love when I read it, and continue to fall in love every time I read it again. I am now 30 and it is still a staple in my life.

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  4. I read Catcher at 15 and again recently at 37. It's an important book and needs to be read in schools. Well said Miss Apatow. I think I found a new role model for my 11 year old daughter. Plus it seems as though you like cats, so that's good too.

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  6. You said it all, Maude. Even though The Catcher in the Rye isn't a part of our curriculum here in Brazil, it was a very popular book between my classmates. I remember one particular friend making fun of me when I told her I felt like Holden and I were the same person. I agree with you, our generation can't handle emotions very well and hiding behind your iPhones isn't helping at all. Nothing feels as good as opening up to a friend and realizing he/she feels exactly the same way as you do. Sadly, we are isolating ourselves more and more. Truly connecting with other people is what make growing up less confusing.

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  7. I've never read it, but now I want to. Thanks for the insightful post :)

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  8. Do you study Psychology? If not, you seem to have a knack for it. Like the rest of the people that commented, I wholeheartedly agree and I'd like to add that books such as Catcher in the Rye and Lord of the Flies, simply the classics, will always depict elements that are universal to all life. If you liked it, there's also the "prequel" to Catcher in the Rye, which not many people know about. It's probably because of the hype but, anyways, it's called An Ocean Full Of Bowling Balls. It'll be released after 2060 (post-humously) but if you get into the Princeton University in New Jersey then you can read it. I'm definitely going there :3

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  9. Catcher in the Rye is freaking perfect. When I found out my classmates hated it I wanted to cry. Life isn't fair.

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