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Catch Me If You Can Project
Transcript of Catch Me If You Can Project
1 January 2014
"...if people were stupid enough to cash a check without verifying its validity, they deserved to be " ( Abagnale 25).
To cheat out of money or other assets
To obtain by fraud or deceit; anything deceptive; a fraud
To put forward plausible schemes or use unscrupulous trickery to defraud others
To deceive someone in order to gain something of material value
To mislead or con someone with immoral intentions of cheating them out of what is theirs
The word is important to the novel because prior to the use of this word, Frank does not hesitate to give himself the benefit of the doubt and mention his various cons as mere pranks with ultimately harmless and even beneficial intentions. As soon as he mentions himself as a " ", he realizes his previously foolish pranks have evolved into immoral federal offenses and that he is now a criminal.
The way the act of affected Abagnale is similar to that of a cocoon unto a caterpillar. A cocoon is a durable, shell that encases a caterpillar, much like had a dangerous choke hold on Abagnale. Also, until the caterpillar is done maturing, the cocoon is not very easily broken by the caterpillar itself which is how one might describe the deceitful hobby Frank picked up. In the end, after he has become aware of his metamorphosis, it is time for him to break free from his shell, and after takes its full toll on him, he comes out as a frail, grungy moth instead of an elegant and alluring butterfly.
The effects that the act of have on Frank are similar to those of alcohol. When he first tried swindling, it was new and thrilling and made him feel on top of the world, much like his first endeavor. But as time went on, he could not put the highly addictive "bottle" of down. Although it made him feel like a wreck in its aftermath, questioning his morals, safety, and even his true identity, Frank becomes addicted to the temporary feeling of intoxication.
People are willing to go to dangerously extraordinary lengths for an opportunity to gain money.
Even the smallest taste of power can completely transform a person into something they never thought they could become.
Ice, being very cold, also has the ability to numb a person, much like . Abagnale has gotten hooked on and it has become his priority. However, this hobby has turned him numb to natural human feelings that he once was capable of having. The need and excess of his has prevented him from loving or growing close to anyone at all, not to mention the pride he has began to feel about his various encounters with the law. Instead of feeling remorse about his taking advantage of a numerous amount of innocent people and breaking a countless number of laws, he has a sense of pride and honor.
Dominion and authority can strip the humanity away from a person until all that is left is a heartless, numb animal.
The who keeps to one den is the easiest caught by the terriers..." (Abagnale 98).
Any of several carnivores from the dog family, smaller than wolves, having a pointed, slightly upturned muzzle, erect ears, and a long, bushy tail
The fur of this animal
A cunning or crafty person
A carnivorous wild canine
A sly person who excels in trickery or conning
A deceitful person who lacks feelings of remorse or shame for their immoral actions
An attractive, young lady
The word is necessary to this book because it conveys that Frank no longer sees himself as a human, but a ravenous, merciless animal. Also, the is known to be one of the sliest and most cunning animals around, able to con almost anything out of almost anyone, which is apparently how Frank begins to view himself in the world.
By using the word , along with his use of the word "terriers", Abagnale is attempting to paint himself as the victim. The way he describes himself as a sole being hunted down by a pack of terriers almost makes the reader feel some sort of pity for him, despite the fact that he deserved to be hunted down by the police for his many law-breaking acts. Not only does Frank cash hundreds of fraudulent checks, but he even robbed a bank and was able to make out with $64,000 from that endeavor alone, and this is the same man who is trying to stir up some amount of condolence in the reader for being rightfully chased by the police.. With the use of the word it is almost as if the con man himself is trying to trick the reader into pitying him and seeing him in a somewhat heroic light.
At this point, Frank knows he is too far gone and the ways he uses the word to describe himself proves that he has accepted his loss of normal human emotions and has resorted to somewhat primitive and cannibalistic behavior to obtain what he wants. At this point it isn't even about the money for himself anymore; it is solely about the challenge, and the rush of being chased and hunted down
The lax and almost comical tone Abagnale sports when comparing himself to a being hunted down by dogs supports the fact that he is now so confident with his conning skills that the fact that federal forces are now trying to capture him is a joke to him. He believes that he is untouchable and that it is foolish and useless for them to try to stop him because he is always one step ahead of them. This is what causes his carefree tone and his lack of hesitation to turn his federal offenses into a game in which he knows he will come out on top.
When someone is repeatedly successful, they are more vulnerable to becoming self-righteous and full of themselves.
Not all victims are innocent; sometimes they deserve the punishment they are subjected to.
When enough money and power are at stake, people will resort back to primitive, animal-like behavior, willing to step on anyone and anything until they reach the top.
" would have been easy, save for one factor" (Abagnale 258).
"It really didn't matter. never entered my mind" (Abagnale 259).
"My made the front page of one New York paper" (Abagnale 275).
To slip or get away, as from confinement or restraint; gain or regain liberty
To slip away from pursuit or peril; avoid capture, punishment, or any threatened evil
To slip away; fade
To grow wild
To get away from or to get out of
To flee from somewhere or something in an attempt to avoid a punishment or harm
When someone gets away from something intended for them
The word is vital to the novel because not only is it a common theme throughout all of Abagnale's journeys, as he has every single time he has been caught, but it also brings about a sense of irony. In the last page of the last chapter, Abagnale makes his final , but after the last chapter of the novel there is also an afterword and a Q&A section with Frank himself. In the first and second page of the afterword it is described that Frank had been captured a month after his previous , and this time he could not slip away. The fact that when Abagnale is unable to the police, he is finally able to his old criminal life style, adds a hint of irony and provides a well-written tie back to the story at hand.
In this book, represent the ending (or FIN) of a multitude of different things. First, it represents the ending of each one of Abagnale's zany adventures as a con man and a fraud, considering he is always able to and make his quick get away. It also represents the ending of the book since the last sentence of the entire book is describing the last of his clever . Lastly it works against itself, seeing as the one time Abagnale cannot from the clutches of the federal forces is when he is finally able to and put to rest his conning and swindling lifestyle. The way this word continues to make an appearance from the very beginning to the very end of the book proves that it is a common theme for the ending of things throughout the novel.
What goes up, must eventually come down.
At the end of this novel, Abagnale's is similar to that of a giraffe's. This is because while giraffes have very long legs which allow them to run away and predators very well, they are extremely easy to spot because of their large bodies and necks. While Frank has the conning skills to be able to put one over on just about anyone, his huge fortune and his loud and daring adventures make him easily spotted. Also, because of its large body, if a giraffe is caught off-guard and is not allowed anytime to run, it will most likely be caught, much like Frank's tricks. If he has not had the proper amount of time to lay out the groundwork for one of his cons and the scene, he will have no chance at ;he is helpless and can be easily captured.
Trying to find happiness in something of only material value will only lead to feeling unsatisfied and unfulfilled.
Even if one gets what they want, if they used immoral means to obtain it, their guilty conscience will not allow them to fully enjoy it.
Towards the end of the novel, Frank Abagnale shows the self-restraint of a bug, which ultimately ends his long run of from the federal forces. Much like a bug is awestruck by the light of a bug zapper, Frank is dumbfounded with the possible treasures that come from fraudulent checks and conning. While bugs watch other bugs get close to the bug zapper and die, they think that they are untouchable and believe they will be the one to touch the light, just as Frank knew of other con-artists who had been caught and thrown in jail, yet he thought he was smart enough to be untraceable. The chance at endless flow of cash became too large a temptation, and although he was able to his fate a few times, he is eventually zapped, and the police are right there waiting to arrest him, much like frogs await freshly zapped bugs.
Abagnale, Frank W., and Stan Redding.
Catch Me If You Can
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1980. Print