Examples Of Imagery In Catcher In The Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye Image Essay In The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger describes Holden as one who is struggling in growing up and making his own choices. He explains Holden’s journey into the transition from childhood and adolescence to adulthood. The author brings up the red hunting hat a variety of times while on his journey. The first appearance of the red hunting hat appears when Holden forgets all the fencing equipment on the subway. As he loses the equipment, he doesn’t walk around New York with shame, but walks around without care for the equipment which is when he notices the red hunting hat through a store window display. “It was this red hunting hat, with one of those very, very long peaks” (Salinger 17). This gives the reader…show more content…
“And I took my red hunting hat out of my pocket and put it on-I didn’t give a damn how I looked” (Salinger 88). With the cold weather surrounding him, he wears his hat as form of heat and warmth. Even though he doesn’t like to be seen wearing the hat in public, he wears it anyways as he doesn’t care if anyone he knows sees him. It shows in change in thought as he is slowly growing into adulthood and his thought of real life problems and his health begin to cross his mind as it didn’t at the beginning of his journey. Once he wears his hat, he has thoughts of ways he could’ve have dealt with situations in his past at Pencey Prep which demonstrates that his immaturity level is decreasing and maturity level is…show more content…
“Then I took my hunting hat out of my coat pocket and gave it to her” (Salinger 180). As he didn’t want to leave, he gives Phoebe his hunting hat that he always keeps with him so she can always have something that belongs to him. Day after day, Holden constantly thinks about Phoebe and gets a letter to Phoebe to meet him at the museum. As she came strolling by the museum, he says that “she had my crazy hunting hat on” which shows him the brotherly love she has for him and the acceptance of him and his personality. His mission of saying good-bye to her and leaving didn’t goes as planned because she throws a tantrum as she wants to go with on his journey. “Then 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” (Salinger 212). Phoebe is exultant with the time she has with her brother and although he has gotten kicked out of school, she looks up to him and sees that he will make. Even with his flaws, she accepts him not just because he is her brother, but for the person he is and the way he carries
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