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The hat is a tangible representation of Byrne's dilemma. The point to be noted is that his dilemma has so much prominence that it deserves a character of its own. There are many scenes in the movie when the hat disappears at moments of clarity and magically reappears on the stairs, exactly at the birth of some new confusion. Choosing a hat was also a very ...


A scene in the movie provides a lovely explanation of the hat: Verna: What're you chewin' over? Tom Reagan: Dream I had once. I was walkin' in the woods, I don't know why. Wind came up and blew me hat off. Verna: And you chased it, right? You ran and ran, finally caught up to it and you picked it up. But it wasn't a hat anymore and it changed into ...


After much conversation with my husband about this symbol, I feel that the hat symbolizes home for Tom. "Home is where you hang your hat". Tom spends the entire film wandering between different "families" in search of a place to belong. Hence the dream of his hat blowing away from him. His hat is the only home he's got.


I've only seen the movie twice, but this is the impression I got from the hat. It represents composure and control. While Tom would never chase his hat through the woods, he does express a want for his hat every time he loses it. And he seems to lose it every time he loses control of a situation: someone ambushes him, he gets drunk and gambles it away, or he ...

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