The red hunting is seen as a symbol of protection towards Holden.’’I was sort of crying. I don’t know why. I put on my red hunting hat on and turned the peak around the back, the way I liked it, and then I yelled at the top my goddamn lungs,’’ is a quote from chapter seven and it shows how the hat protects him from the darkness and phonies of the real-life world. Holden feels as if the hat is a sort of armor and he becomes indomitable when he wears it. People today have a special item that makes them feel strong and invulnerable so that is how many people will feel a connection towards Holden.
Aside from being a liar, Holden is depressed. After Allie, his younger brother passed away, Holden hasn’t been too healthy himself. There is this baseball glove that was Allies, and it is a comfort to him. Along with that, another thing that Holden finds comfort in is a hat. This hate in particular is a red hunting hat. We realize that throughout the novel he is obsessed with the past and finds comfort in certain things. From the past, he finds comfort in Allie’s baseball glove, and a red hunting hat. To add onto these, as he gets older, he starts to smoke, drink, and go to his sister Phoebe to find comfort. Holden is only sixteen years of age, but he looks much older than that which is why he can slip through bars and drink, faking
Holden Caulfield is in love with Jane and he doesn’t know if she likes him back. The statements that Holden makes can be somewhat loving and caring about Jane. “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger Holden is in love with Jane and every time he speaks about her to other such as Sladhater who Holden mostly talks about her to him. Holden and Jane haven’t talked yet so we don’t know if Jane likes him. In “Catcher in the Rye”, J.D. Salinger portrays Holden by being an outgoing, needing to grow-up, and corrupt innocence however when he is thinking about Jane he is sweet and likes to talk to others about her.
Holden puts on his red hunting hat on when he is feeling vulnerable because the hat makes him feel as if he has security and confidence. The red hunting hat makes him feel as if he has the power and ability to be unique. He compulsively buys the red hunting hat after the fencing team verbally abuses him because he “lost all the goddam foils,” (Salinger 17).
He wants something deeper than societal norms like appearance. So Holden isolates himself in order to preserve his innocence. To him children bring the good to the world while adult bring evil. The prep school he went to was his protection from the outside world. But his first scene of the school is of a big football game where the whole school was watching. He says, “I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen hill(2).” His eight year sister, Phoebe knew that he got kicked out. Holden did that because he is so detached from everyone; he’s just looking down at what is to come. Through this transition to his lonely journey in New York, Salinger suggests that Holden is searching for himself. His sister questions his actions and tries to find out what he actually cares about in life. When she asks what he wants to do with his life. Holden answers, “I’d just be the catcher on the rye and all (173).” He so badly wants to save kids from plunging into the adult world. All adolescents mature, no matter how aware, and they must encounter evil. Holden realizes this as the good he strives to preserve is threatened. As he hangs out with his sister she wants to ride on the carousel in Central Park. As Phoebe rides the carousel she grabs for a golden ring on one of the animals. Holden realizes that there are times when kids want to try to grab the gold ring, symbolically
Both characters use chosen objects to demonstrate their individuality from society. In Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, Holden expresses his individuality and highlights his rebellious
In the novel The Catcher in the Rye J.D Salinger writes about a teenager struggling to find his place within the existence of the reality of others. Salinger creates shocking events that lay out the foundation of the the main character Holden Caulfield’s life in the novel. Salinger uses Holden’s characteristics throughout the novel such as Holden’s stubbornness to establish a much bigger theme in the book along with many other symbols.
Cruelty is a vice of many motives. A cruel act is one that inflicts pain, suffering, and difficulty on others. Some of the motives that create cruelty are explored in the novels The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Ender’s Game, and The Catcher in the Rye. Although the characters are in these novels are in different situations, they each experience cruelty in a variety of forms. People use to cruelty to express their fear of change, manipulate others to go beyond their limits, and create new images.
Salinger does this by having Holden say “Sometimes I horse around quite a lot, just to keep from getting bored. What I did was, I pulled it way down over my eyes, that way I couldn’t see a goddamn thing.”(12) This Shows that he waits to act immature until he’s physically wearing his hunting hat. Holden uses the hat to further his second (and more immature) personality. Salinger shows Holden’s immaturity when Holden says “I pulled my red hunting hat on, and turned the beak around to the back, the way I like it, and then yelled at the top of my goddamn voice, ‘sleep tight ya morons’”(29) When Holden is feeling upset and he puts on the hunting hat, it gives him the ability to be confident enough to act immaturely. Holden automatically puts up a “wall” of immaturity rather than deal with being uncomfortable or unhappy in a situation. When Holden says “I pulled the peak of my hunting hat around to the front all of a sudden, for a change. I was getting sort of nervous, all of a sudden. I’m quite a nervous guy.”(19), its another example of how Salinger uses his hat as a symbol. Holden’s different way of wearing his hat is related to how mature and more open with his emotions he is being. When Holden changes the way of which the peak of his hat is facing to the “more mature” way of wearing it, he becomes more open with his emotions. Holden’s
The red hunting is seen as a symbol of protection towards Holden.’’I was sort of crying. I don’t know why. I put on my red hunting hat on and turned the peak around the back, the way I liked it, and then I yelled at the top my goddamn lungs,’’ is a quote from chapter seven and it shows how the hat protects him from the darkness and phonies of the real-life world. Holden feels as if the hat is a sort of armor and he becomes invincible when he wears it. People today have a special item that makes them feel strong and invulnerable so that is how many people will feel a connection towards Holden.
In Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger uses symbolism to emphasize the significance of Holden’s red hunting hat. Holden wears the red hunting hat to distinguish himself from everyone around. Holden bought the red hunting hat for one dollar in New York the same morning he lost the fencing equipment. The red hunting hat offers Holden protection from the outside world and it also of comforts him in real world situations. Obviously needing protection from the fencing team who ostracized him all the way back to Pencey. The red hunting hat represents Holden’s allure/endearment to unique qualities in objects and people, that normally go unnoticed by others. The hat also symbolizes Holden’s individuality and unwillingness to conform to society’s
Salinger takes one of Holden's most apparent qualities, his desire for uniqueness, and expresses it through his red hunting hat. Aside from being different through its garish red color, Salinger adds another layer of character through the way he shows Holden wearing it. "...I swung the old peak round to the back -very corny I'll admit, but I liked it that way."
Holden Caulfield, The main character of "The Catcher in the Rye" written by J.D. Salinger Often finds that he secludes himself from society. The 17 year old teenage boy is from a family that has "quite some dough" who lives in the wealthy side of New York. Although Holden has plenty of luxuries in life the poor soul just is not satisfied with any thing especially the gruesome society which he lives in. Through all the high's and low's the young man has endured Holden always had one special companion by his side, the red hunting hat. Ironically, Holden has access to the finer paraphernalia in life, but a red hat that only cost a dollar purchased near the subway station provides more comfort and indulgence to Holden than anything. The red hunting
When Ackley took longer than expected to get ready for the movies, Holden opened a window and, "started to throw
Holden displays his desire to be the catcher in the rye by expressing his wish to protect the kids from falling off the cliff. Throughout the novel, Holden often states that everything around him seems to be phony; however, there is one thing in which Holden believes is real, and that is the children he encounters in the novel. Quite often does Holden show his desire to protect children from the corrupted adulthood that he