What is the main message of The Catcher in the Rye?

The main message of The Catcher in the Rye is that no single individual can save the world. Holden wants to protect all the world's innocents to compensate for his brother Allie's death, but he starts to understand that he needs to let the people he loves, like Phoebe, take risks.

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One of the main messages in The Catcher in the Rye is that humans desperately need authentic connections with others who care about them.

Holden Caulfield has become an iconic representation of the angst-ridden and moody teen. He swears, drinks, and demonstrates an overall pessimistic view of the world. Expelled from multiple schools, Holden feels that his situation is fairly hopeless and roams around New York because he can't bear to tell his parents the truth about his most recent failure.

Yet in some ways, Holden's inner turmoil is perplexing. After all, his parents have enough money to send him to expensive boarding schools. He has two parents who are still together and who seemingly go to great lengths to help him. His older brother is a screenwriter, and he adores his younger sister.

Holden's tragedy is seemingly rooted in the loss of his younger brother, who died several years prior. This loss deeply affected Holden, who used his fist to smash out the windows in their garage in the...

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