Holden Caulfield Red Hunting Hat Analysis

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In the novel Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield is a 17 year old junior who is expelled from Pencey Prep because of academic failure. He then decides to travel around New York taking it easy before returning home to face his parents. Holden has experienced a lot, the death of his younger brother, Allie who he idolizes. As the novel progresses the reader can sense that Holden is a strange boy, from his constant lies to his peculiar views on things. A major symbol mentioned throughout the novel is Holden’s red hunting hat which represents his uniqueness and individuality. In the beginning of the novel Holden is in New York. Holden is the manager of his school’s fencing team, the team was supposed to have a game in but he forgot the foils in a subway station. After they get off the subway, a red hunting hat in the window of a sports shop catches Holden's attention and he ends up buying it for a buck. “I put on this hat that I’d bought in New York that morning, it was a red hunting hat, with one of those very, very long peaks.” (pg. 17) Even though Holden is aware that the hat is a hunting hat, he doesn't wear it to hunt. He wears it just because he likes how it looks, symbolizing the rebellious side of Holden. Near the end Holden is meeting up with Phoebe, Holden plans on hitch hiking out west that afternoon and wants to return her Christmas money back to her as well as to say goodbye. “Finally, I saw her through the glass part of the door. The reason I
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