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In “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield’s red hunting hat a symbol. A symbol represents and idea, belief, image or object. This hat helps us see and witness Holden’s journey from childhood to adulthood. Holden Caulfield’s red hunting hat is a symbol that represents the struggle between isolation and human contact, protection, link to innocence and growth as his story unfolds. Though it is a bumpy ride, its a ride we will all take. Though Holden seems like he hates society, he also wants to connect with someone. This struggle is the main-conflict in the book. The hat’s unusual appearance allows him to be separated from the post-modern society and the phonies within. While holding skips Pencey’s game versus Saxon(isolation from society), He reveals to Ackley that his hat is a “people shooting hat”(3.18). Holden spends a lot of his time judging people and labeling(shooting) them as phony, which might cause him to isolate and associate himself with different people. On the contrary, He calls plenty of people with the potential of talking to them and then quickly d...

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