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English Catcher Prezi

Holden's Red Hunting Hat
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Carter Swanson

on 17 January 2013

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Holden's Hat and Allie Phoebe gives Hat back to Holden Hat as comfort/protection "The way I wore it, I swung the old peak way around to the back-very corny, I'll admit it, but I liked it that way. I looked good in it that way" (18) Holden gives Hat to Phoebe Holden's Red Hunting Hat Carter Swanson FOUNDATION Holden's hunting cap provides him with many things, and is in many ways more than just a hat. it is RED Bought it in NY:
"I put on this hat I bought in NY this morning... just after I noticed I'd lost all the goddamn foils. Wears it periodically "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 has very red hair." (38) This shows how Allie's red hair is a way Holden remembers his younger brother, who obviously means a lot to him. His red hunting hat on his own head parallels Allies hair on Allies head. Therefore he can connect to and remember his dead brother, who was arguably Holden's favorite person, through this hat. Also, Allie died as a child, so wearing this hat connects Holden back to his childhood, and he becomes "red" again. Phoebe is a very special and meaningful person to Holden, and the fact that she is willing to share her bed with him shows that they care for each other very much. Not only is she herself very intelligent and nice, but she is a child so she reminds Holden of the joys of childhood, which was the high point in Holden's life. Her red hair also reminds Holden of Allie. By giving her the hunting hat Holden is trying to keep Phoebe in childhood and in the "red" so that Holden can live through her in a way. He doesn't want her to grow up too fast because then all he would have left to remind him of his childhood is his memories of Allie. "After he left, I put on my pajamas and bathrobe and my old hunting hat, and started writing the composition." (37) The Hat as a way of standing out/ uniqueness Holden bought this hat to distract himself/ protect himself from his failures/ responsibilities. Holden puts on this hat right before he starts writing the composition about Allies baseball mitt. This shows he wants to be connected to Allie, and he does it even further by wearing the hunting hat. He is remembering Allie by writing the composition, and connecting back to his childhood and Allie by putting on this red hat. "There was hardly any snow on the sidewalks.
But it was freezing cold, and I took my red hunting hat out of my pocket and put it on..." (88) Holden puts on his red hunting hat right after leaving Ernie's and drinking as well as meeting a bunch of phony adults. He puts on his red hunting hat to comfort himself from all of the adult-y things he just did and protect himself from the bitter cold of adulthood and all the phonies he just met as well as to comfort him when he is drunk Holden wears this red hunting hat backwards, and he admits it is very corny, but he likes it that way. The fact that he even wears a red hunting hat in NY, never mind backwards, makes him stand out from everyone else. He wants to let other people know that he isn't like everybody else. Even though he is a growing boy, he is still in childhood and that is shown to the reader and everybody in NY through wearing this red hunting hat. "She told me I could sleep with her if I wanted to, but I said no, that I'd better beat it out, that Mr. Antolini was waiting for me and all. Then I took my hunting hat out of my pocket and gave it to her. She likes those kind of crazy hats." "Then, what she did - damn near killed me - she reached in my coat pocket and took out my red hunting hat and put it on my head. 'Don't you want it?" I said. 'You can wear it a while.'" Phoebe gives the hat back to Holden because she cares so much about him. She wants him to have his hat back so he can still be protected. She wants him to stay in childhood/ be red with her. "My hunting hat really gave me quite a lot of protection, in a way, but I got soaked anyway. I didn't care though. I felt so damn happy all of a sudden, the way old Phoebe kept going around and around...It was just that she looked so damn nice..." This quote shows that Holden's hat means a lot to him. It has protected him from adulthood. But now, even though he is wearing the hat, he still gets soaked. This signifies that he is still going to grow up no matter how much he wears this hat. He comes to terms with the fact that he needs to go into adulthood, but he can still remember his childhood through Phoebe's innocence. He knows he can connect back to red sometimes, but he is going to get soaked anyway. Holden can connect to red by watching Phoebe go around on the carousel, a very childish thing to do, and wearing his hat.
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