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Catcher in The Rye Literary Element

My English 10 project for Catcher in The Rye.

Lauryn Czyzewski

on 25 March 2013

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Transcript of Catcher in The Rye Literary Element

By: J.D. Salinger The Catcher in The Rye Chosen literary element: J.D. Salinger uses this device a lot through out the book when he writes about Holden's story. Examples of Salinger's use of hyperbole in the story: Prezi by Lauryn Czyzewski Hyperbole - The use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech. Hyperboles in the book He uses hyperbole because teenagers tend to exaggerate when they speak. Since Holden is a 16 year old, he thought that the use of hyperbole in the story would be essential. "In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them." Pg. 1 "That killed me." Pg. 47 Salinger also uses hyperbole to show what a "madman" Holden is. When Holden enters his "fantasy world" where he is bleeding from the gut. On page 103, right after Holden gets punched in the stomach by Maurice, Holden says, "About halfway to the bathroom, I sort of started pretending I had a bullet in my guts. Old Maurice had plugged me." Holden was using hyperboles to describe the pain he was feeling. He over exaggerated his pain by using hyperboles. "The goddam movies. They can ruin you. I'm not kidding." Pg. 104 "I apologized like a madman." Pg. 113 Example Hyperbole quotes continued. These examples of hyperbole is how Salinger shows the reader why Holden could have been sent to the mental institution. " New York's terrible when somebody laughs on the street very late at night. You can hear it for miles." If Holden told us personal information about his parents, they wouldn't really have two hemorhages apiece. When Holden said, "That killed me" in the story, he was talking about something Ackley said. What Ackley said didn't really kill him. If somebody laughed on a New York City street late at night, you really wouldn't be able to hear it for miles. FIN "Then I heard her over at D.B.'s desk, opening a million drawers and feeling around with her hand." Pg. 179
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