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Weiner, M-Hunting hat/Isolation-Pd 4
Transcript of Weiner, M-Hunting hat/Isolation-Pd 4
In The Catcher in the Rye, the color red is associated with innocence and specifically in relation with Allie and Phoebe's hair colors. Holden associates the girls' innnocence with the color red.
The Hunting Hat
Holden's red hunting hat shows his desire to be unique from everyone else. He always mentions when he wears it, yet he doesnt tend to wear it around people he knows.
Salinger's purpose in the color red in the story and specifically the red hat is to show that Holden only wears it around people he doesnt know as a form of protection from the outside world. The fact that it is the same color as his sister's hair shows that he associates the color red with his love of the younger girl and her innocence and the desire to preserve his own innocence.
"But it wasn't just that he was the most intelligent member in the family. He was also the nicest, in lots of ways. He never got mad at anybody. People with red hair are supposed to get mad very easily, but Allie never did, and he had very red hair."
"I put on this hat that I’d bought in New York that morning. It was this red hunting hat, with one of those very, very long peaks. I saw it in the window of this sports store when we got out of the subway, just after I noticed I'd lost all the goddam foils. It only cost me a buck. 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. I looked good in it that way."
Weiner, M-The Color Red/Innocence-Pd 4