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...g intimacy instead. Holden’s issues with relationships, whether they are platonic or romantic, emotional or physical, show that although he would like to believe that he can carry on perfectly fine without human interaction, nobody, not even himself, can do so.
Though Holden Caulfield seems to be a belligerent teenager rebelling against the constraints of society because he feels trapped, he is also an honest social critic, pointing out the unfairness in society. From the phoniness that plagues the adult world, to the unexpected transition to adulthood that many children are unprepared for, to the hardships of creating lasting and meaningful relationships, Catcher in the Rye sends the message that society is hard to change, and although it is only natural to detest certain aspects of society, it is also necessary to come to peace with one’s place in the world.
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