Description EditHolden bought the hat during his short trip to New York with the fencing team for $1 prior to the beginning of the novel. The hat is a "deer shooting hat", according to Holden's friend Robert Ackley, with "one of those very, very long peaks." Holden wears the hat usually with the peak way around the back because according to him, he looked good in it that way.
The Catcher in the Rye Edit
Holden first wears the hat after getting back in his dorm room to sit back and read Out of Africa.
Much interpretations have been given to the fact that the Holden's hat is for hunting, connoting an underlying theme of preys, death and violence. Much attention has also been given to Holden's statement that he "shoot[s] people in this hat".
Some have argued that the hat is a representation of his multidimensional, and rather rebellious personality: