Catcher In The Rye Memory Analysis

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The Catcher in the Rye PARCC Literary Analysis Task

Memory is the recurring theme displayed in many ways throughout the novel. An example of a recurring theme would be words like repetition and diction. Repetition are when words are seen multiple times throughout the passage. Diction is the word choice throughout the passage. Memory in the first passage or the Excerpt from The Catcher in the Rye was all about himself; Holden only talked about how he was affected by all these events that went on. In the second passage or in Elie Wiesel Hope, Despair and Memory it talks about how you need a hopeful memory to replace all the depressing memories. Holden and Elie both used repetition and diction to share what a memory is to them; Holden’s
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“ I could probably tell you what i did after I went home, and how I got sick and all, and what school i’m supposed to go to next fall, after I get out of here, but I don’t feel like it. I really don’t.” In a matter of three paragraphs Holden used “I” 18 times. This shows that his memories all circle around himself. Another form of diction that is used in the second passage Hope, Despair, and Memory is when he talks about other people’s pain and his own. “ Men and Women from every corner of Europe were suddenly reduced to nameless and faceless creatures desperate for the same ration of bread or soup, dreading the same end.” In the quote Elie is talking about how all her memories are about other people’s pain and how everyone goes through the same issues and experiences. The last example that shows pain is from the second passage Hope, Despair, and Memory. “ Is it not natural for a human being to repress what causes him pain, what causes him shame? Like the body, memory protects its wounds.” Pain is something that every human being can relate too and are ashamed of. People get hurt all the time because they are afraid to show their scars. Someone who is very kept to themselves about their emotions is Holden, he is so protected over himself that he doesn’t want to give
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