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Ahnn, P -- Hunting Hat - Pd.7
Transcript of Ahnn, P -- Hunting Hat - Pd.7
Desire to be Different
"It (Hunting Hat) 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" (Salinger 18).
When Ackley sees the hat he exclaims, " Where the hellja get that hat?" (Salinger 22).
Holden mentions his hat very often -- so much so that it becomes almost part of his image when one is to imagine him. It is different from what other people have and represents his individualism rather than companionship.
He recognizes the foolish look of the hat yet continues to wear it.
"... I took my red hunting hat out of my pocket and put it -- I didn't give a damn how I looked" (Salinger 88)
This is another example of how the hunting hat represents Holden's strong inclinations towards individualism and his lack of concern as to how he comes off to others.
Impact on Text
Salinger's Purpose in Employing the Symbolism of the Red Hat
The purpose of the symbol of the red hat was mainly in order to differentiate Holden from the other characters in the book.
Not ostracized - just different.
It also aided in the development of Holden throughout the narrative. His character becoming more evident as the text went on
The symbolism of the red hat had the effect of altering Holden's image to the reader and making it seem as if he had an inherent difference that defined him from the beginning.