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isolation from others
Transcript of isolation from others
"you know those ducks in that lagoon right near Central Park South? that little lake? By any chance, do you know where they go, the ducks when it's all frozen over.?"
"The first thing I did when I got off at Penn Station, I went into this phone booth. I felt like giving somebody a buzz... but as soon as I was inside, I couldn't think of anybody to call up."
The hunting hat can be seen as a symbol that goes along with this theme. It represents his longing to show his uniqueness and individuality. He isolates himself as a form of protection and is seen throughout the whole book.
Isolation from others
So far in the text the theme of isolation is very evident and impacts the book as a whole by pointing out the character of Holden and through the use of stream of consciousness we are able to see how he feels.
"The game with Saxon Hall was supposed to be a very big deal around Pencey. It was the last game of the year, and you were supposed to commit suicide or something if old Pencey didnt win. I remember around three o' clock that afternoon i was standing way the hell on top of Thomsen Hill..."
"This family that you could tell just came out of church were walking right in front of me- a father, a mother, and a little kid...he kept on singing If a body catch a body through thr rye. It made me feel better. It made me feel not so depressed anymore
Holden's isolationism is his greatest strength and weakness. the closer he gets with people the more he pushes them away because of his need of isolation. The hunting hat is a symbol for his determination to show his uniqueness. He sees himself as better than everyone else by being isolated and judging people unfairly.