MEG-11 Solved Assignment 2021-2022


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MEG-11 Solved Assignment 2021-2022

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MEG-11 English Solved Assignment 2021-22

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American Novel

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2021-2022 Course: MA(English) MEG



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MEG-11 Solved Assignment 2021-2022

Submission: 31st March 2022(if enrolled in the July 2021 Session) and 30th Sept, 2022 (if enrolled in the January 2022 session).

 American Novel

Question: -01) Discuss the narrative technique of The Catcher in the Rye.


“The Catcher in the Rye,” written by J. D. Salinger and released in 1951, is widely recognised as one of the finest books in American literature. The storey centres on Holden Caulfield, a teenager who runs away to New York City and represents American adolescence’s anguish and rebellion. Salinger employs a variety of literary methods in the narration of “The Catcher in the Rye,” the majority of which are associated with the postmodern literary movement.


Subjectivity is a subject that postmodern literature explores in a variety of ways. In contrast to an objective view of reality, this method stresses the significance of perception and human feelings. Salinger employs a first-person narrative in “The Catcher in the Rye,” telling the novel through Holden Caulfield’s somewhat skewed perspective. At times, the narrative is a direct account of Holden’s thoughts. These devices stress subjectivity, as the reader is solely presented with Holden’s perspective on the world. This results in a complicated contradiction between the novel’s historical truth and the world as given to us by Holden.


Allegory is a literary method in which an author uses a non-literal narration to mirror a historical event or topic. Holden’s self-destructive path in the novel may be interpreted as a larger allegory for the ideals of youth in contrast to the mature realities of America. Holden is frequently portrayed as a cynical and disillusioned figure in response to the material world in which he lives. Although exaggerated, this unhappiness is allegory for Salinger’s actual experience in New York during the novel’s setting.


Allusion is a literary device in which an author makes reference to or alludes to another piece of art or historical event. “The Catcher in the Rye” is a reference to the Robert Burns ballad “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye.” However, in the original song lyric, Salinger replaces the word “catch” for the word “meet.” This apparently innocuous allusion characterises Holden in several ways. He is profoundly homesick for childhood innocence and sees himself as a type of martyr capable of catching lost children in a field of rye before they fall into the adult world of disillusionment.


Symbolism is a literary style in which an item or event in a work of literature serves as a metaphor for an abstract topic or concept. While both allegory and allusion involve symbolism, “The Catcher in the Rye” also contains several additional instances of symbolism. Perhaps the novel’s most significant use of symbolism is Holden’s crimson hat. Holden frequently makes reference to the bizarre headgear while wearing it, demonstrating his self-consciousness. He sees the hat as a way to distinguish himself from the throng. He does, however, avoid wearing it in certain social circumstances. This exemplifies Holden’s internal conflict between originality and the desire to fit in.


In addition to the scene and summary, there are other durational forms of narrative. They are pause, ellipsis, and slow down. Reduce your speed Accelerates the pace of the tale when nothing major occurs. The plot slows down when Holden arrives in New York following his departure from Pencey. He walks about for hours, contacting one person after another, but nothing major occurs. Pause prioritises narrative above storey. The narrative comes to a halt when Holden begins discussing individuals or addresses the reader with phrases such as “If you want to know the truth”. (1) Holden characterises actor Sir Laurence Oliver as follows: “I just don’t see what makes Sir Laurence Oliver so amazing.” He has an incredible voice, he is a helluva gorgeous person, and he is a joy to behold whether he is strolling or duelling or doing whatever, but he will not be Hamlet in the way D.B. described him. (117)


Additionally, narratives can be classified into two categories: A and B. Narratives in Category A are those that are told in the first person by a central character in the storey. The Catcher in the Rye falls under this type of narratives because Holden Caulfield, the novel’s narrator, is a character inside the tale who also tells the storey. Positive shading in Category A tales emphasises the narrator’s aspirations, duties, and obligations. For instance, Holden’s big ambition and responsibility is as follows: “What I have to do is grab everybody if they start running and don’t see where they’re going.” (173) These sentences exemplify Holden’s fervent desire to protect children, to keep them safe from harm. He regards it as his obligation; phrases such as “I have to come out,” “What I have to do,” all speak to the deontic mode. Negatively shaded category A tales display epistemic and perceptual modes that are missing in positive category A narratives. For instance, “the day I left Pencey Prep is when I want to begin narrating my storey.” This school is located in Agerstown, Pennsylvania. You’ve almost certainly heard of it. You’ve almost certainly seen the advertisements. They advertise in about 1,000 periodicals, always featuring a hotshot dude on a horse leaping over a fence.” (2) This paragraph from the text is densely shaded in the negative. The speaker frequently employs an epistemic modal adverb, namely, ‘probably,’ indicating the speaker’s lack of confidence in the truth of the given statement. A narratives’ last subcategory is A neutral. In this category, the narrator refrains from making subjective judgements about events and other characters, instead retelling the tale only through categorical claims. The Catcher in the Rye does not fall under this category since Holden, the narrator as well as the protagonist, narrates the narrative himself, making his narration subjective. Holden is never objective. Narratives in category B are further subdivided into narratorial and reflector modes. We shall not study The Catcher in the Rye further since it does not fall within this type of tales.


To summarise, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is an excellent illustration of the narratological composing process. By segmenting the text into kernel and satellite events, meaning is conveyed to the narrating agent through the use of various focalizers. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye has certainly achieved the rank of a classic of twentieth-century American literature due to his masterful use of narrative style.

MEG-11 Assignment Question Paper

1. Discuss the narrative technique of The Catcher in the Rye.

2. Discuss The Great Gatsby as a novel of social criticism.

3. Discuss the distinctive feature of the American novel.

4. Comment on the notion of mothering in The Color Purple.

5. Attempt a critical analysis of Light in August.

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