The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Essay

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Holden’s Valuable Accessory “The Catcher in the Rye” is a 1950’s novel written by J.D. Salinger. It tells a story about a teenage boy who travels to multiple locations throughout New York after being kicked out of his school, Pencey. Throughout the book, Salinger uses numerous amount of symbolism to show the feelings of the main character, Holden Caulfield. One of the most recognized symbol is Holden’s red hunting hat. It is present in many situations and has abundance amount of symbolic characteristics. The red hunting hat plays an important role to Holden and represents his individuality, safety, as well as his strive for childhood innocence.
In the beginning of the story, Holden buys the red hunting hat while in New York for a
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Holden’s Valuable Accessory “The Catcher in the Rye” is a 1950’s novel written by J.D. Salinger. It tells a story about a teenage boy who travels to multiple locations throughout New York after being kicked out of his school, Pencey. Throughout the book, Salinger uses numerous amount of symbolism to show the feelings of the main character, Holden Caulfield. One of the most recognized symbol is Holden’s red hunting hat. It is present in many situations and has abundance amount of symbolic characteristics. The red hunting hat plays an important role to Holden and represents his individuality, safety, as well as his strive for childhood innocence.
In the beginning of the story, Holden buys the red hunting hat while in New York for a fencing match and wears it throughout the book. Holden’s individuality is displayed when he wears and puts on his hat. For example, “The way I wore it, I swung the old peak way around to the back--very corny, I'll admit, but I liked it that way” (Salinger 10). Holden only wears his hat when no one is around because he knows how “corny” and “stupid” it will look towards other people. Holden feels like when no one is around, he will feel less intimidated with his hat on. Holden also admits, “But it was freezing cold, and I took my red hunting hat out of my pocket and put it on--I didn't give a damn how I looked. I even put the earlaps down. Nobody was around anyway.” (Salinger 48). Even though Holden says people will not care how he looks, he still
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