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Sullivan, L - The Hunting Hat/Isolation from others as a for
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The Hunting Hat
Represents Holden's individuality in others views
Represents Holden's isolation from society
Turned forward or backward
As a hint that he wants to be alone
Demonstrates Holden's internal conflict
Trying to fit in vs. finding his own place
The hunting hat reflects Holden's individuality
Holden is self conscious
Others reactions to hunting hat illustrate reaction to Holden as a person
Afraid of judgement
Desires open individuality
His isolation is the only place he can be individual without judgement
Isolation is protection from criticism
Sullivan, L - The Hunting Hat/Isolation from others as a form of protection- 4
Catcher in the Rye
"'Where'dja get that hat?' Stradlater said. He meant my hunting hat. He'd never seen it before.
I was out of breath anyway , so i quit horsing around. I took off my hat and looked at it for about the nineteenth time. 'I got it in New York this morning. For a buck. Ya like it?'
Stradlater nodded. 'sharp,' he said. He was only flattering me, though"
"'Where the hellja get that hat?' he said.
'You got robbed.'
"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."
Similar social position
"After he left, I put on my pajamas and bathrobe and my old hunting hat, an started writing the composition."
Feels safe and alone
The hunting hat is a veil
Blocks out worldly matters
'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"
"But it was freezing cold, and i took my red hunting hat out of my pocket and put it on- I didn't give a damn about how I looked"
"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"
Fears judgement of others
Longs to find individuality
Isolation is only place to be himself