hunting hat: represents Holdens isolation from society; he loves this hat
because it symbolizes his independence from others; the hat, like Holden, is out of place
in such a big city as New York; Holden sees himself as the catcher in the rye when he
wears this hat; he tries to articulate this when he says to Ackley, "I shoot people
in this hat." The hat also helps Holden identify himself as a martyr for innocence,
since he is often ridiculed for wearing it. As the story progresses, Holden becomes more
and more attached to his hat, demonstrating his growing commitment to his fantasy of being
the catcher in the rye.
York City: this setting of the story is very fitting because like Holden, the city is
constantly changing and transforming, learning new things and finding new experiences;
Holdens mind is like the city always absorbing new experiences but never being
able to come to any rational conclusion about them.
Kings in the back row: the concept
that Jane would always put her kings in the back row is very fascinating to Holden;
throughout the story Holden continually references this childhood fascination; the kings
show how Holden cant separate his past from his present; though consumed with many
adult ideas, Holden is still captivated with the concept of the kings.