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Clark Osterheld Red Hunting Hat-Desire to remain innocent

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Neil Sullivan

on 23 May 2014

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Transcript of Clark Osterheld Red Hunting Hat-Desire to remain innocent

What it means to Holden:
-First purchased after fencing equipment fiasco
-Writes Stradlater's essay with it on
-Puts it on in mirror after fight
-Wears it walking out of Pency
-Takes it off in public
(self-conscious?)
-Red like Allie and Phoebe's hair


Quotes w/ Red Hunting Hat
Meaning and Relevance
Conclusion

The Red Hunting Hat means a great deal to Holden. He brings it out when he feels weak, vulnerable, and wants to be himself. It also serves as a connection to his deceased sibling Allie and younger and also very bright sister Phoebe.

Isolation as a Form of Protection
Clark Osterheld
Clark O The Red Hunting Hat

"I put on my pajamas and bathrobe and my old hunting hat, and started writing the composition...I wrote about my brother Allie's baseball mitt. It was a very descriptive subject."
(37-38)
"I put it on, and turned the old peak around to the back, the way i liked it, and then i went over and took a look at my stupid face in the mirror. You never saw so much gore in your life" (45)

"I Put my red hunting hat on, and turned the peak around to the back, the way i liked it, and then i yelled at the top of my goddamn voice, 'Sleep tight, ya morons!" (52)
*Begins to Rain*

"Then what she (Phoebe) did-it damn near killed me-she reached in my coat pocket and took out my red hunting hat and put it on my head"
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