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Catcher in the Rye

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FC: By Jenna Garo

1: “I was sort of crying. I don't know why. I put my red hunting hat on, and turned the peak around to the back, the way I liked it..” (52) In the beginning of the story Holden's hat was used to shield him from his lack of self-confidence and the emotions he felt.

2: “We got to the Edmond Hotel, and I checked in. I 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). nj7128-678a.html

3: "I took my old hunting hat out and put it on. I knew I wouldn't meet anybody that knew me" (88).

4: "I took my old hunting hat out of my pocket while I walked, and put it on. I knew I wouldn't meet anybody who knew me, and it was pretty damp out." (122).

5: “Then I took my hunting hat out of my coal pocket and gave it to her. She likes those kind of crazy hats. She didn't want to take it, but I made her.” (180)

6: "My hunting hat really gave me quite a lot of protection, in a way, but i got soaked anyway. I didn't care, though," (213). The hunting hat being soaked represented Holden moving towards adult-hood. 12/09/artist-birthdays-december-9-mark-gertler/

7: Holden bought the red hunting hat in New York. The hat allows Holden to stand out physically and emotionally due to its unique red color and shape. Throughout his childhood it symbolized his insecurity of adulthood and confusion in the world. Whenever Holden wanted to be secluded from the world, he would put his hat on. However, he wouldn't put his hat on in front of anyone he knew because he felt embarrassed. He later passed the hat onto Phoebe to provide her with the same guidance he had in order to approach adulthood. Throughout J.D Salinger's, Catcher in the Rye, the hat helped Holden develop from a teenager to an adult.

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