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Ham, S - The Hunting Hat/Isolation for Protection - 7

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Neil Sullivan

on 20 May 2014

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Transcript of Ham, S - The Hunting Hat/Isolation for Protection - 7

Isolation
“I took my old hunting hat out of my pocket while I walked, and put it on.
I knew I wouldn’t meet anybody that knew me
, and it was pretty damp out" (Salinger 122).
Conclusion
-hat appears at several important moments
-isolation
-hat also disappears at several moments
-desire to be with others
-connection with innocent siblings
-desire to be innocent
-terrified of becoming an adult --> accepts imperfect world
Identity
"...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....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
" (Salinger 17-18).
Protection
"Then what she 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
...My hunting hat really
gave me quite a lot of protection, in a way,
but I got soaked anyway" (Salinger 212-213).
The
Red
Hunting Hat

-individuality
-uniqueness
-desire to be different
-confidence
-attempt to hide from reality
(fencing meet equipment)
-self-conscious
-embarrassed
-alienation
-lack of confidence
-fake identity
-protection from adulthood
-corruption vs. innocence
Red
"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
" (Salinger 38).
"But you ought to see old
Phoebe. She has this sort of red hair, a bit like Allie's was
, that's very short in the summertime" (Salinger 67).
-cover up grey hair
-desire to be innocent
-happy
-energetic
-hat gives strength
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