Catcher in the Rye by Salinger

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Today's society has gone through many changes. The evolution of music, culture and literature has given people the gift of cultural development. This could not have been possible without change and rebellion. Although many have criticized the rebels of yesterday, even today disapproval and criticism continues to obstruct change.

It is unarguable to many that the title of the King of Music is still held by Elvis. Elvis Presley, the idol to millions of men, women and children alike, was also controversial in his time. With his contentious music, media attacked him, yet, he was able to capture the love of millions of fans. Many parents did not allow their children to listen to his music, but that did not stop any of them from listening to his music. Elvis Presley's music played a major role in the evolution of rock & roll. Similarly to music, literatures provide insights into the world and society around us.

They also act as a catalyst to evoke social change. The Catcher in the Rye provides an excellent example of a classic as it has influenced the society to learn and evolve by addressing the contentious topics from the novel.

J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, "has long ignited disapproval, and it was the most frequently banned book in schools between 1966 and 1975. Even before that time, the work was a favorite target of sensors." (Johnson) However, to many of the readers, The Catcher in the Rye has been a favourite, because it deals with the issues that teenagers face everyday. After reading a few chapters, we can put ourselves in the main character's situation and compare our daily life to Holden Caulfield's. For example, Holden faces a situation when he writes a Stradlater's paper on something he cares deeply and...