The following are the opinions that people have stated that support the opinon that Catcher in the Rye is one of the most censored but also one of the most taught pieces of literature in the nation.

Edgar V. Roberts:
"Despite some opinions to the contrary, The Catcher in the Rye is a good novel. It is written from the point of view of a deeply distrubed sixteen-year-old boy, Holden Caulfield, as though Holden were talking to us, the readers, directly. Throughout the novel this point of view is consistently maintained, and we believe in Holden as a realistic portrait of certain type of adolescent. Technically perfect as the novel is in this respect, however it would have only a surface beauty if it were only technically perfect. For this reason the degree to which Holden's character is realized, together with the strength of Salinger's vision, is most vital in an evaluation of the novel...
...The total effect of The Catcher in the Rye is that life is delicate and frail; since it can be so easily destroyed, it should be more carefully nourished. The author behind the idea has obviously thought deeply about life, and has done in this novel what we may expect of the best art--namely, to give a new and challenging insight into life. Right or wrong, insights of this sort cannot be ignored; nor can The Catcher in the Rye be ignored."



Robert Bennett:

"Even though The Catcher in the Rye is usually considered only a "minor" classic of American fiction, it is a very popular novel that frequently provokes strong reactions — both positive and negative — from its readers. In fact, The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most widely read and discussed works in the American literary canon. Despite its widespread popularity and significant reputation, however, some critics argue that it is too vulgar, immoral, and immature to be considered serious literature. Moreover, a few teachers and parents have censored the novel because they feel that it will corrupt children who read it. While there are undoubtedly subversive, or corrupt elements in the novel, arguments for censoring it generally misrepresent its more nobler intentions and greatly exaggerate its subversive designs. Putting aside the overinflated claims of the novel's most extreme critics and supporters, the diversity and intensity of readers' reactions to The Catcher in the Rye suggest that the issues it raises are significant ones. Consequently, it seems likely that readers will continue to have heated discussions about this "minor" classic for a long time to come."

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Kristopher:
My opinion of the novel is that it is kinda funny. How someone can go around calling everyone a phony is completely just foolish(hahahahahahahahahahahahaha) like seriously this guy should probably cash it in! By that i mean i'll dig the hole for him super deep so the fall alone will do him in. For those who don't know what cash it in means, you better ask somebody. Like teaching this novel is good because it shows you that no matter how dumb you think you are there is always someone dumber, and as for censoring it, i don't see a reason too since were in high school and we hear profanity everyday, the good majority of us use profanity everday as it is.
Tyler:
My opinion of this novel is that it is not very interesting at all. I feel that if someone wanted to read this book, then they must have nothing better to do to occupy their time.
I understand why this book is one of the more censored books in the nation due to it excessive use of profanity.
But on the other hand, there are certain aspects of the book that do relate to the modern teen, which could be observed in a normal day-to-day setting.

Maddie:
I personally do not like this novel. I feel like it's just Holden blabbering on about how depressing his life is and I think it's very boring. I completely understand why this book is one of the most censored books in the country because of its use of explicit content.
Frankie:
My oponion of this novel is that it has recived to much praise for the content it contains. Holden is relatable to some teenages, but you have to get past all the mindless chatter to do that. His use of profanity and ill thought actions have landed this novel a well deserved spot as one of the most censored books.