Catcher In The Rye Holden's Hat Analysis

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Holden buys a red hunting hat at the beginning of the novel when he travels to New York for a fencing competition. While wearing the hat he always mentions that he doesn't care how it looks to others, so it is one of the only times he is not self conscious. The hat also, "really gave me quite a lot of protection, in a way" when Holden wore it in the rain(212-213). The red hunting hat acted like a guardian angel in the rain, and it probably was. Holden had a brother named Allie, and he had red hair just like the hat, but when Holden was thirteen he died of leukemia. The red hunting hat is a connection Holden can still have with Allie even though he is gone. Allie's red hair and preserved innocence are represented in Holden's red hunting hat.