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FC: The Journey of the Red Hunting Hat
1: In Catcher and the Rye, JD Salinger utilizes the red hat as a symbol of Holden's level of maturity, which transforms throughout the novel.
2: "We got to the Edmond Hotel, and I checked in. I’d put on my red hunting cap when I was in the cab, just for the hell of it, but I took it off before I checked in. I didn't want to look like a screwball or something." (61)
3: THE BIG APPLE | Holden uses the hat as a security blanket. He needs it to reassure himself he is different from the "phonies." Strangely, he refuses to wear the hat in public very often, revealing a desire to fit in with the world he claims to detest.
4: When Holden gives his hat to Phoebe, he has grown up. He no longer needs his security blanket to protect him, but thinks his sister will need it as she is still a child. | "Then I took my hunting hat out of my coat pocket and gave it to her." (180)
6: When Phoebe gives Holden his hat back, Holden displays great maturity. He forms a relationship with another person, helping him grow up.
7: "She reached in my coat pocket and took out my red hunting hat and put it on my head."” (212)