Holder may not always have the most moral ideas, granted he’s a teenage boy and their thoughts are never the most moral and innocent. The wish to keep your child’s innocence protected by shielding her from such literature is understandable, though it’s equally important to remember the reality of the situation, and that the elimination of the questionable scenes would have taken the importance from the book. The Catcher in the Rye is a lesson within itself Of morality and the teenagers of America, and should continue to be taught in the Fernando School District.
Fitting into society is hard these days, and with the high expectations and the need to conform, many footpads youth are like Holder in their wish to be heir own person, but unable find happiness in their culture with the constant criticisms for their choices and personality. Holder is “the first image of middle class youth growing up absurd” according to John Hayden in his book Reunion. In other words, Holder has captured the spirit of thousands of Americans suppressed by the confines of conformity. Every school has its “lonely crowd of imitation Holders” (Irishman), especially Fernando.
In the Halls of Fernando High school roam students very much like Holder: the losers or future drop outs that represent Holder’s hatred of institutional infixes; the wacky dressers who don clothing relative to Holder’s red hunting hat in expressing their own emotions; the want-Bess who just wish to fit in like Holder but fail; the loner group who take in the unsociable and integrate them into their group so effortlessly; and finally the overly-critical students who see the “phoniness” in anything. Because of this, Holder’s character suits almost any person, making it the ultimate relatable book for high school students.
Although Holder is a boy, girls can also relate to him due to the authors careful writing. Girls adapt and relate to the characters better than boys do. As popular author David Irishman said, “In the literary marketplace, readers aren’t turned off or away if the central characters are male but only if they are female. How many Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts have been moved by ready The Bell Jar? ‘ A girl can more easily adjust herself to place herself in the position of a boy than a boy can a girl, because “boys are frustrated their not cowboys, and girls are frustrated their not boys” (Irishman).
In other words, boys want to be more manly and girls want to just be treated like a man. Men can’t adjust to see themselves In a character of another gender but girls can see traits of themselves in anyone. Anyone can read this book and relate. Holder is basically a gender neutral character showing traits that everyone has and being relatable for every audience, especially in a high school atmosphere. Sadly, Holder’s shocking language has persuaded many parents to shield their children from his popular book.
A parent in Boron California announced a powerful message to the school board hoping to ban the book, “They say it describes reality, I say lets back up from reality. Let’s go backwards. Let’s go back to when we didn’t have an immoral society’ (Concerned Parent in CA). An immoral society, she said, was what the book was preaching of, but why should children be exposed to more of it in their school rooms? The church too has taken a stance against The Catcher in the Rye and its immoralities. Riley Hughes from the Catholic World Journal stated that The Catcher in the Rye “used the Lord’s name in vain two hundred times-enough to ban it right then. It is undeniable that Holder likes the word goddamn and that the book involves many curse words and questionable material. The book is not at all appropriate for children in the elementary grades, and maybe not even appropriate for any age to read in a school environment. It is undeniable that Holder’s language is somewhat crude and immoral, but the message that he speaks is undeniably moral and just. If parents would truly look into the book and read it, they would see that Holder is actually on their side, and that Slinger just wanted to capture the profuse adolescent profanity in the worst way (Whitfield).
Holder is on the same side as the censor-frenzied parents in his wish to protect the innocence of the youth. The inevitable mention of the F-Word being used in the book, is simply more proof of Holder’s dislike for swearing, as he attempts to efface it from the walls and is sad when he sees this and mentions that “You can’t ever find a place that’s nice and peaceful, because there isn’t any/’ (Slinger). In Conclusion, if “Holder’s language had been sanitized the moral resistance would have failed, and Holder would not have been Holder.
The pureness of his unsanitary lingo makes him memorable and therefore the novel distinctive” (Whitfield). Despite the controversy over Holder’s morals, he is a character to be honored. Holder is a diamond in the rough, he may seem immoral and untrustworthy, but he is trying to sanitize America in a twisted way. At surface level he may seem crazy, rude and a little sadistic even, but if a closer look is given, the reader will see that Holder “befriends the friendless, respects those who are humble, loyal, and kind, demonstrates a strong love for his family and abhors hypocrisy (Edwards). Besides that, “he values sex that comes from caring for another person and rejects its sordidness. And, finally, he wants to be a responsible member of society, to guide and protect the younger than he. “Holder is someone anyone should hope their children to mimic the good in, the society he portrays is almost better than the society Of today! The Catcher in the Rye has personally given me a new view on America, and the phoniness of the society we live in, a society in which everyone adheres to a strict, unwritten set of ‘rules’.