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Campbell, C - Hunting Hat/Isolation - 4

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Neil Sullivan

on 20 May 2014

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Transcript of Campbell, C - Hunting Hat/Isolation - 4

"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" (88 Salinger).
"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" (122 Salinger).
Conclusion
Individuality
Finds identity
Pedestal of the hunting hat
others are below
causes isolation
"'Up home we wear a hat like that to shoot deer in, for Chrissake," he said. 'That's a deer shooting hat.'
'Like hell it is.' I took it off and looked at it. 'This is a people shooting hat,' I said. 'I shoot people in this hat'" (22 Salinger).
"'
No
body won,' he said. 'How come?'
'I left the goddam foils and stuff on the subway.' I still didn't look up at him" (20 Salinger).
The Catcher in the Rye
Slight embarrassment
Does not want to conform but does not want to be outrageous
Vulnerable
Coping with embarrassment
The symbol of the hunting hat as a theme of isolation
"It was this red hunting hat, with one of those very, very long peaks...It 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" (18 Salinger).
Individuality
Uniqueness
Pride in this purchase
Does not acknowledge intended use
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