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Unformatted text preview: Trott 1 Charles Trott Professor Swanson English 1102 20 February 2011 Crimes I nspired by Novels: J.D. Salingers Catcher in the Rye vs. Richard Bachmans Rage Every novelist hopes that their work will, once published, impact society. However, in some cases, this hope is realized all too well, and their work inspires readers in ways they probably never imagined. Likely already emotionally disturbed, some readers have taken what they have read too seriously, and have committed often violent crimes, citing reading materials as inspiration. This is the case with J.D. Salingers 1951 novel Catcher in the Rye and Stephen Kings 1977 novel, Rage, released under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. Both are novels with very different plots, written with innocent enough intentions that inspired real-life crimes by unstable readers. When first looking at the novels, they seem to have very little in common. In terms of plot, both novels share a young male protagonist, and both characters have a clear disdain for authority figures and lack of social skills as a whole. Perhaps this is why both novels have connected with the mentally imbalanced; the anti-social nature of each novels protagonist may speak to these individuals. In The Catcher In the Rye , the novels protagonist and anti-hero Holden Caulfield is a young man recently expelled from his prep Trott 2 school, who mentions numerous times his distaste for the people around him, referring to them as phony. The word phony appears repeatedly in the novel. After getting into a physical altercation with his roommate, he leaves Pencey Prep and takes a train from the schools location in Pennsylvania to his home in New York. However, rather than return home to his family, he spends several days in a hotel, and the novels action centers around the time he spends in the city, postponing his t rip home. During his time exploring the city, he meets up with an ex-girlfriend, visits a museum, and stops in to see an old teacher at home and visit his little sister. The novels action is ultimately innocent, and, though Caulfield spends much of the novel complaining and addressing the reader with a clearly pessimistic tone, the novel hardly seems to be one that would t rigger a violent crime....
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