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What is the significance of The catcher int he rye in the movie "Conspiracy Theory" with mel gibson.?

I want to know why mel gibson's character always had to buy the book if he saw it. In the movie he says to feel normal but he always says he doesn't like it and hasn't read it. Some say it was sort of a blanket to him it made him feel safe; a sense of security and others said it might have been a trigger for him to carry out his spy/assasin task before. What do you think?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Jerry is eventually tracked down because of his need to have and buy copies of J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye”. Earlier, Sutton had found numerous copies in his flat and asked why he had so many copies of a single book. Does he like it? “Not really.” Jerry does not know why, but he has a “drive” to buy copies of this book and it is clear that this is indeed a “driver”, part of the programming by MK-ULTRA. Even though Jerry is on the run, he soon has an irrational urge to buy a copy of the book and as soon as it is scanned for payment, that information is relayed to Jonas’ crew, suggesting that they are somehow able to monitor every book sale that occurs in America – which if that were the case, would be one of the biggest conspiracy theories around.

    The reference to “The Catcher in the Rye” was taken from real life, for Mark David Chapman, the assassin of ex-Beatle John Lennon, had a paperback edition of the book in his possession when the police arrived and found him standing "very calmly"– as if he too was a mind-controlled assassin, having completed his task, and now aimlessly standing about, waiting to be arrested as the “lone gunman”. But Chapman was not alone: John Hinckley was also reported to have been obsessed with the book and as both “lone gunmen” were considered by some to be akin to the MK-ULTRA robotic assassin production line, the book was soon interpreted as a “driver” in their mind control – and, thus, how this conspiracy theory made it into the movie Conspiracy Theory.

  • Teresa
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    I haven't seen the movie, but "Catcher in the Rye" is a famous book about Holden Caufield, who at his fancy private school, feels out of place. He takes all of the his money and goes to New York, and for a few days, has an "adventure." It's about people living in lives, where everything and everybody around them doesn't feel right. I sold a lot of copies, which could be why Mel Gibson feels "normal" having the book, and being like the millions of other people who have it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because it is right of passage for many people and is overall liked and if you don't like it then argument for the book is that you don't "get" it or your not smart enough to "get" it. So it makes him feel like he is normal and he fits in.

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  • 1 decade ago

    because the narrator of the book is officially insane when the narrator doesn't know it, in the end, you find out he is insane and was telling the whole story to a therapist

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