What is a literary device that can be found in The Catcher In The Rye? Include the page number and the chapter.

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An allusion is a tool used to make a reference to someone or something that the audience might already know about or understand. For example, if an author says that a character is as strong as Stonewall Jackson, s/he would be referring to a general in the Confederate army during the Civil War. In The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger employs an allusion in chapter 22 with a song first experienced in chapter 16. 

First, in chapter 22, Holden Caulfield is talking with his sister Phoebe about how he was kicked out of school again. Holden tells her what he would really like to do in life in the following passage:

". . . I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go...

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