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Colors of Catcher In the Rye

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Lauren Helsley

on 14 January 2013

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Transcript of Colors of Catcher In the Rye

Lauren Helsley The Colors of Catcher in the Rye Allie "My brother Allie had this left-handed fielder's mitt. He was left handed. The thing that was descriptive about it, though, was that he had poems written all over the fingers and the pocket and everywhere. In green ink." (Page 38) Phoebe "I'm the only really dumb one. But you ought to see old Phoebe. She has this sort of red hair, a little bit like Allie's was, that's very short in the summertime." (Page 67) The Red Hunting Hat Fuck You "I was the only one left in the tomb then. I sort of liked it, in a way. It was so nice and peaceful. Them all of a sudden, you'd never guess what I saw on the wall. Another 'Fuck you'. It was written with a red crayon or something, right under the glass part of the wall, under the stone."
(Page 204) The Colors of Catcher in the Rye "My ears were nice and warm though. That hat I bought had earlaps in it, and I put them on- I didn't give a damn how I looked."
(Page 53) "I felt so damn happy, if you want to know the truth. I don't know why. It was just that she looked so damn nice, the way she kept going around and around, in her blue coat and all." (Page 213) "My hunting hat really gave me quite a lot of protection, in a way, but I got soaked anyway. I didn't care, though." (Page 213) I think that in these quotes, Holden is finally giving up his idea of being the "Catcher in the Rye" because he says that it is hopeless to try and rub out all of the inappropriate signs in the world in order to protect children from growing up too fast. "I went down a different staircase, and I saw another 'Fuck you' on the wall. I tried to rub it off with my hand again, but this one was scratched on, with a knife or something. It wouldn't come off. It's hopeless, anyway. If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't rub out even half the 'Fuck you" signs in the world. It's impossible." (Page 202) These quotes show that Holden sees his red hunting hat as protection from the harsh world and all the phony people he has come across in his life. These quotes tell the readers that Phoebe is one of the only people Holden thinks is not phony, and he also associates her with the color blue and the color red because red is comfortable to him. Although he is growing up and changing, he can use blue to go back to red and live though Phoebe, in a way. This quote about Holden's younger brother Allie seems out of place to me, because Holden usually groups his brother with the color red, because of Allie's red hair. However, it makes the novel interesting because Allie is so smart and mature, so he can be both red and green to Holden.
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