Holden´s Red Hunting Hat in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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Holden’s red hunting hat is one of the main symbols in the book, The Catcher in the Rye. The hat represents individuality and uniqueness. It symbolizes the confidence, self esteem, and comfort in who someone is. Holden is only willing to express himself when he is alone, with no one around. He looks for approval. Holden does not want to be seen negatively in any way. The hat is a symbol that Holden uses to tell Phoebe that she should always stay the same. Also, to tell her that she should be confident in whom she is, but, as Holden knows, Confidence and self-esteem can be easily broken. In The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger uses Holden’s red hunting hat to symbolize Holden’s uniqueness and a sense security and comfort.
Holden feels more
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Holden’s red hunting hat is one of the main symbols in the book, The Catcher in the Rye. The hat represents individuality and uniqueness. It symbolizes the confidence, self esteem, and comfort in who someone is. Holden is only willing to express himself when he is alone, with no one around. He looks for approval. Holden does not want to be seen negatively in any way. The hat is a symbol that Holden uses to tell Phoebe that she should always stay the same. Also, to tell her that she should be confident in whom she is, but, as Holden knows, Confidence and self-esteem can be easily broken. In The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger uses Holden’s red hunting hat to symbolize Holden’s uniqueness and a sense security and comfort.
Holden feels more comfortable wearing the hunting hat and looks for confirmation that wearing his hat is all right. Salinger writes, “Anyway, I put on my new hat and sat down and started reading that book Out of Africa” (Salinger, 19). This quote shows how Holden is more comfortable doing things he enjoys when he is wearing the hat. He is free to read when no one is around. Holden is being himself. Salinger writes, “I took off my hat and looked at it for about the nineteenth time. ‘I got it in New York this morning. For a buck. Ya like it?’” (29). In this part, Holden takes off his hat and asks his roommate if it is ok for him to wear his hat, although indirectly. So, he is asking if it is okay to express himself. Holden wants positive acknowledgement for
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