This Novel Has Been Attributed To Some Of The Most Famous Assassinations in History
4 de abril de 2018Ariel Rodriguez
The most famous murder linked to this book was John Lennon's.
Jared Leto playing Mark Chapman in Chapter 27.
Many times, it's hard to say what drives people to kill public figures. I mean, it could be the result of many factors, like envy, resentment, and mental health – but a novel? The Catcher in the Rye
The original book cover from 1951.
The novel itself isn’t a “How to kill celebrities” or “Murder 101” kind of book. In fact, it is only a book about a rebellious teenage boy who doesn't know where he fits in society. Holden Caulfield, the main character, is a 17-year-old suffering from anxiety, depression, and with a deep disgust of the adult world. Holden does not want to take on the responsibilities that come with adulthood, but at the same time, he smokes, drinks, and pursues sex. He is an outcast, a rebel, and always in trouble for small things. He starts the book by narrating the events that led him to end up at a mental hospital, and his personality is the voice and heart of the book.
Although this novel was meant for an adult audience, it has gained popularity among teens for the protagonist's sense of alienation, devil-may-care attitude, and search for identity. Holden is an unusual character millions of readers identify with: a boy who can’t find happiness and whose surroundings are always reminding him of failure. For many critics, the book's attitude towards depression and mental health does more harm than good. In fact, in 2016, Chapman told the parole board that he suffered from mental health problems, which he described as “a psychotic mind.” It is known that he was obsessed with The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye has sold more than 65 million copies, and many people have tried to turn it into a movie, but the author never allowed it. The novel, written in 1951, has inspired movie and book characters, and its influence on pop culture includes the popularity of the verb “screw up.” Whether the story actually makes its readers go from normal people to cold-blooded murderers is hard to prove. What we do know is that three public figures were murdered, and the killers were fans of The Catcher in the Rye. Quite the background for a book that's required reading in school, isn't it?