Essay on Notes On ' The Catcher Rye '

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LITERARY TERMS

Word: motif
Definition: A recurring image, word, phrase, action, idea, object, or situation used throughout a work, unifying the work by tying the current situation to previous ones, or new ideas to the theme.
Quote: “I live in New York, and I was thinking about the lagoon in Central Park, down near Central Park South. I was wondering if it would be frozen over when I got home, and if it was, where did the ducks go? I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over. I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something? Or if they just flew away.”
Title/Author: The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
Explanation: The recurring mystery of what happens to the ducks is mentioned a couple times throughout the book. Almost every time Holden gets into a cab, he asks the driver where he thinks the ducks go in the winter. The ducks in Central Park are a motif in the Catcher in the Rye.

Word: euphemism
Definition: A mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.
Quote: " ‘What 'd you do?’ I said. ‘Give her the time in Ed Banky 's goddam car?’ "
Title/Author: The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
Explanation: Holden is inexperienced and uncomfortable with the topic of sex. He uses phrases such as ‘the time’ when asking Stradlater if he had sex with Jane.

Word: extended metaphor
Definition: A metaphor that is…

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