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Analyzing "Batman and Robin Have an Altercation"

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Vicente Guzman

on 27 April 2015

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Transcript of Analyzing "Batman and Robin Have an Altercation"

Sanderson, jewelry
Father at Harvest Hills Special Care Unit a.k.a Crackerjack Manor
Applebee's on Commerce Way every Sunday
Same routine
Dead wife, dead son
Halloween, Batman And Robin
Accident on the way back
Redneck, knife
Reader Response
Theme of love overcoming illness
Biographical Approach
Stephen King: Born on September 21st 1947
Nellie Ruth & Donald King
Father left at young age
"Master of Horror"
Tendency to write this genre is related to the darkness left by his father
Reader Response
Sense of loyalty between father and son
Unconditional love
honest portrayal of Alzheimer's

Formalist Approach
Theme: Loved ones always come back in the end
Reader Response
Analyzing "Batman and Robin Have an Altercation" by Stephen King
Funny and interesting
Very articulate and sharp writing
Major comparison number 1:

direct contact with patients suffering Alzheimer's
Knowledge of the disease
uses knowledge to write about Sanderson's father
Major comparison number 2:
Interview in 2013: biggest fear was a movie where the woman a story and cannot remember what trees are called
So here's the movie that scared me the most in the last 12 or 13 years: The movie opens with a woman in late middle age, sitting at a table and writing a story, and the story goes something like, 'Then the branches creaked in the ...' and she stops and she says to her husband, 'What are those things? I can't think of them. They're in the backyard and they're very tall and birds land on the branches.' And he says, 'Why, Iris, those are trees,' and she says, 'Yes, how silly of me,' and she writes the word and the movie starts.
And that's Iris Murdoch and she's suffering the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

That's the boogeyman in the closet now. ... I'm afraid of losing my mind"
As he grew older, the boogeyman in his closet that used to scare him when he was young, turned into the fear of losing his mind...
Major comparison number 3:
June 1999, severely injured as he was walking alongside a highway
Car hit him
Relates to the two car accidents in the story:
Reggie's Death
Car accident at the plot climax
Major comparison number 4:
Stephen King admitted being an alcoholic, Rolling Stones interview
Sanderson's father, acoholic.
"Not once she trained you out of it"
"Trick or Drink"
Stephen King's life has shaped his stories, as it can be seen in "Batman and Robin have an Altercation"
Psychological Approach
A psychological view of "Batman and Robin have an altercation" : What psychological concepts are present in the story?
Reality of Alzheimer's, memory, emotion and social behavior
Psychological aspects: Memory
Pop remembers:
Old neighbors (Frederick's boys)
Batman and Robin Halloween

Pop does not remember:
Going to Applebee's
How to read
Dougie's name (at times)
Pop is unable to make new memories since his disease started (lack of
Anterograde Amnesia, no new LTM
Old Memories
New Memories
Long term memories also affected:
Procedural memories : forgot how to read, how to pee, etc.
Declarative (Episodic) memory: Forgets about his son's death, about his wife death, going to Applebee's, etc.
However, declarative (Semantic) memory seems intact, knows what crows are...
"What memories remain to them are a jumble-pilfered puzzle pieces in a cigar box- and there's no governor on them, no way of separating the stuff that's okay to talk about from the stuff that isn't"
Alzheimer's disease
Memory, motor skills, cognition, and other functions are affected.
Sanderson's memory
Psychological aspects in the story: Social Behavior
Psychological aspects in the story: Emotion
Character: Pop
83 year old suffering from Alzheimer's disease
Supportive father
alcoholic turned to kleptomaniac
confuses living son for dead son
Rugged country man turned into successful jewelry shop owner
Overall: Does a lot to make his son believe that the Alzheimer's has stripped him of his identity

Surprises Dougie by saving his life in a moment of panic
Character: Dougie
Devoted son
tor by the less of his brother
accepts father's condition, but gets hopeful every time he feels his father is coming back to himself when remembering something accurately
Changed perspective when Pop slips and tells him that he cheated on his wife
Overall: does his best to be there and support his father, but still hopes that he'll be able to cnnect with his father the way he used to

Almost loses hope in ever having his father back to the man he knew him to be until father stabs his attacker
Antagonist: Dogie Sanderson
Goal: Take his father out to lunch and bring him back to his home
Middle-Aged Dougie Sanderson takes his eighty-three yeards old father,who suffers from Alzheimer's disease and lives in a residency, out to lunch at Applebee's. On the way bac, the two get into a car accident.
Rising action
The truck that hits them comes to a halt and an aggressive looking man, "fresh out" threatens Dougie, who stands up for himself. The truck driver begins to beat Dougie viciously, and he begins to wonder whether he will die or not.
Suddenly the blows stop. Dougie stands up to see Pop standing behind the truck driver, who is now howling in pain from a steak knife in his neck. Pop saved Dougie's life.
Pop repeats, "The man was beating you". What has just happened does not register in his mind. Dougie and Pop retreat to the car and wait for the police.
He can't remember his brother's face
He doesn't remember the Batman and Robin Halloween night as well as his father
He just remembers being extremely happy

He can remember something that happened to him from when he was two or three years old (memory cues)

"Yes, maybe only two, but he doesn't doubt the recollection; it's like a fleck of bright glass seen at the side of the road, one so perfectly positioned it leaves an afterimage. Memory is such a mystery"

Pop does not know the social norms
yells that he is going to pee at applebee's

No self-disclosure
Doug's Fundamental attribution error and actor observer bias
Schachter's cognitive theory of emotion
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