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The Assassin in the Rye
Transcript of The Assassin in the Rye
the perfect patriarchal family
the American dream 1951 The Catcher in the Rye late 70's - 80's Changing Values Freedom of sexual expression
Commercialization of sex
Emergence of pop music
Social accepted drug use Phonies pho·ny /ˈfōnē/
Noun - A fraudulent person or thing.
Adjective - Not genuine; fraudulent Holden's Idea of Phoniness Anything and Everything: Superficial
Monetary Wealth "Lawyers are all right, I guess--but it doesn't appeal to me," I said. "I mean they're
all right if they go around saving innocent guys' lives all the time, and like that, but you
don't do that kind of stuff if you're a lawyer. All you do is make a lot of dough and play
golf and play bridge and buy cars and drink Martinis and look like a hot-shot. And
besides. Even if you did go around saving guys' lives and all, how would you know if you
did it because you really wanted to save guys' lives, or because you did it because what
you really wanted to do was be a terrific lawyer, with everybody slapping you on the back and congratulating you in court when the goddam trial was over, the reporters and
everybody, the way it is in the dirty movies? How would you know you weren't being a
phony? The trouble is, you wouldn't." - Holden Caulfield Mark D. Chapman's Prototypical Phony John Lennon Wealthy Pretentious "I would listen to this music and I would get angry at him, for saying that he didn't believe in God'and that he didn't believe in the Beatles. This was another thing that angered me, even though this record had been done at least ten years previously. I just wanted to scream out loud, 'Who does he think he is, saying these things about God and heaven and the Beatles?' Saying that he doesn't believe in Jesus and things like that. At that point, my mind was going through a total blackness of anger and rage'So I brought the Lennon book home, into this Catcher in the Rye milieu where my mind set is Holden Caulfield and antiphony-ness. While contemplating this new Lennon, I really delved into the ink of Holden Caulfield." "He told us to imagine no possessions, and there he was, with millions of dollars and yachts and farms and country estates, laughing at people like me who had believed the lies and bought the records and built a big part of their lives around his music." biblio
http://www.infidels.org/kiosk/article73.html#_ednref30 The 25 year old Catcher Holden Caulfield Mark David Chapman Psychological Help Murder of John Lennon Witnessed a fellow schoolmate leap to his death with only fleeting sympathy and shock before spieling about how the schoolmate died wearing Holden's sweater note guys: the draft in on the left
-discussion of suicide
-but most of all... Holden caulfield is an Unfit Role Model In 1960, school administrators at a high school in Tulsa, Okla., fired an English teacher for assigning the book to an 11th-grade class. Relatability -sincerely captures the sense of depression and feelings of being misunderstood that encapsulates adolesence. -Isolation
-Anger What parts of JD Salinger
are In catcher in the Rye? The School Former school mates say he was exactly like Caulfield. Catcher In The Rye:
THe mOvie JD Salinger Did Not Want IT adapted
-felt he was the only one who could play Caulfield
-the idea was "odious enough to keep me from selling the rights" The rights may go up for sale. -refects the sense of rebellion growing in
"Transcoding: i.e. - a shift of medium from prose to film, or a shift of genre: an epic to a novel, or a change of frame and context: telling the same story from a different point of view. Or a shift in ontology from the real to the fictional, from the historical to to the fictionalized." Even more so than film,
there are limitations in
adapting life to art Predisposition Could you become
a Caulfield? Destiny
Madness The biggest Plot Descripancy Caulfield never read Catcher in the Rye As a kid, Chapman's father called him to the window to witness the body of their neighbor and the grieving of his spouse after he had blown his own head off with a shotgun Has a 10 year old sister named Phoebe Caulfield. She acts as an anchor for Holden's irrational method of thinking. Has a little sister 7 years younger than himself. Unlike Phoebe and Holden, Mark D. Chapman does not harbor close feelings with his younger sibling. At school during Pencey Prep, was known to be "yellow" At school, was often bullied and called a "pussy". He was well known as being weak and cowardly Had a conversation with a taxi driver about where the ducks went in the Winter During his weekend in New York City, Chapman unintentinally struck up a conversation with a police officer about the whereabouts of ducks in Winter When I opened the door, this prostitute was standing there. She had a polo coat
on, and no hat. She was sort of a blonde, but you could tell she dyed her hair. She wasn't
any old bag, though. "How do you do," I said. Suave as hell, boy.
"You the guy Maurice said?" she asked me. She didn't seem too goddam friendly.
"Is he the elevator boy?"
"Yeah," she said.
"Yes, I am. Come in, won't you?" I said. I was getting more and more nonchalant
as it went along. I really was.
She came in and took her coat off right away and sort of chucked it on the bed.
She had on a green dress underneath. Prostitute Qualities Had an encounter with a prostitute during his stay at the Edmont Hotel While in New York City, Chapman ordered a prostitute. To his surprise, she was blonde and was wearing a green dress 60's - mid 70's JFK, MLK, RFK Vietnam, civil rights, womens' rights The Beatles are more inlfuencial than Jesus Christ. Rebellion against the
phonies of the 50's ! Demand for avant-garde storytelling
Emergence of the anti-hero in popular culture
Growing curiosity over the dark corners in the mind catcher Intervention November 1980 Lack of Intervention Backlash against the liberalism of the
60's and 70's Old Luce
Phoebe Holden caufield Themes Phoniness
Impotence ... and and Mark David Chapman are both Mentally ill ... cowardly sexually frustrated ... and ... and obsessed phoniness with rye the in the Novel:
Life: imagination perception realization ? Other assassins also are associated with Catcher in the Rye Lee Harvey Oswald John Hinckley, Jr. (tried to kill Reagan) assassinated JFK I didn't want to start an argument. "Okay," I said. Then I thought of something, all
of a sudden. "Hey, listen," I said. "You know those ducks in that lagoon right near
Central Park South? That little lake? By any chance, do you happen to know where they
go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over? Do you happen to know, by any chance?" I
realized it was only one chance in a million.
He turned around and looked at me like I was a madman. "What're ya tryna do,
bud?" he said. "Kid me?"
"No--I was just interested, that's all." Judicial System -the novel is too novelistic Is it genuine if you are aware of it? Salinger