The Catcher in the Rye: A Twentieth-century Jeremiad

Salinger’s novel is said to have been “yanked out of American schools more than almost any other title.” There's a laundry list of reasons why, but essentially because its protagonist challenges the status quo. But Salinger’s book is about much more than the antics of a rebellious teenager. The Catcher in the Rye is a re-fashioned jeremiad.