Golden Boy was Clifford Odets’s most successful theatrical production. First published in in the United States, the play was a dramatic departure from. How Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy Survived 75 Years in the Theatrical Ring. Backstory. by Josh Ferri • Nov 24, Clockwise from left: Clifford Odets; Luther. Golden Boy has ratings and 17 reviews. Maria said: Yikes. I feel really guilty marking this book as 2 stars given some of the other things I have rat.

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Despite your best intentions, you’re a horror. Indeed, the romantic stance—as Odets portrayed it in the America of his time—was collateral to be called in, leaving only a shell without substance. Jul 28, Victoria rated it liked it Shelves: This threat of violence pushes him into his last fight, with the Chocolate Drop and Joe wins it. Kennedy, a Stanford University history professor, chronicles the years during the Great Depression and World War II, at times posing theses that directly contradict established views.

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In conversations with the composer Bboy Copland at Dover Furnace, the Group Theatre’s summer retreat, Odets came to grips with this issue. Bonaparte’s pessimistic friend, who often backs up his gloomy statements with quotes from the German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer. As the play goes on and Joe gets more and more entrenched in the lifestyle, the amount of violence in his life increases.

It serves as a vivid reminder of the old world values of Italy, which contrast sharply with the capitalistic values of America. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. He sadly odet Joe his blessing to fight. However, Joe persists, and she confesses her love for him saying that she will break off her relationship with Moody. Moody is even more disturbed when Joe pressures him to let Joe fight in Kaplan’s place, but is happy when Joe is not knocked out.


When you swing your arms and the muscles flex, they are Whitman’s muscles too. When Kaplan is out with “a busted mitt” from hitting Joe’s elbow, Joe immediately comes to see Moody. Like other national literatures, American literature was shaped by the history of the country that produced it. In addition to fighting for better wages and working conditions, Erem details the internal struggles that take place.

However, Joe soon learns that this is more true than he realized—he has killed the Chocolate Drop with his “final punch. In Golden BoyJoe Bonaparte, a violinist turned boxer, does become a hero for his timedefined by physical strength and a willingness to incapacitate or destroy his opponents in the prize ring. What the golden boy of this allegory is fighting for is a place in the world as an individual; what he wants is to free his ego from the scorn that attaches to “nobodies” in a society in which every activity is viewed in the light of a competition.

Bonaparte is a constant reminder of Joe’s old life.

In most of his plays, characters speak in realistic, distinct ways. The two are dressed almost alike, another sign that Joe has succumbed to a materialistic lifestyle.

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Both are killed in a car accident. I am waiting to see what heroes and artists will spring from the people. StormofCuteness gollden it liked it Sep 29, The other writer congratulates Moody on his engagement to Lorna, which is news to Joe.

When the play starts out, Joe is a talented musician whose dream is to play beautiful violin music. Horne, Gerald, Class Struggle in Hollywood, — Fuseli helps to clear out the room and leaves Joe alone with Tokio, who preps Joe for the fight. Like Joe Bonaparte or perhaps Odets himself, Charlie is plagued by the idea that he has betrayed his considerable talent in exchange for money and stardom.


As the reborn Joe aggressively puts it, “When a bullet sings through the air it has no past—only a future—like me. May 29, Annee rated it it was amazing Shelves: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

And in looking at W. Two months later, Moody, his partner Roxy Gottlieb, Joe’s trainer, Tokio, and Lorna sit in Moody’s office, discussing the fact that Joe is holding back in the ring, a situation that is killing Joe’s popularity as a boxer. Although these strikes— ultimately ruled unconstitutional—often led to violence between the strikers, industry management, hired thugs, police, and even the National Guardthey were extremely effective at getting management to settle contracts.


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Bonaparte comes back into the dressing room and sees Pepper’s deformed knuckles. Odets’ hero is literally taken over by a whole ring cliffoord exploiters: Still, most critics had at least some good things to say about the work, which became Odets’s biggest commercial success.

Lorna’s inability to leave Moody enrages Joe, and the love triangle creates much animosity between Joe and Moody. I could completely understand the situation and sympathize with the ruling conflict.

Indeed, in his unproduced play Victory he carefully modeled the hero, Louis Brant, on Beethoven himself. Bonaparte goes to visit Joe’s managers to find out how he is doing, Roxy tells him of their intentions: Bonaparte refuses to buy Siggie a taxicab, but later shows Mr. In fact, speed and violence act as twin turbines in the play.

Joe Bonaparte is an Italian-American man who dreams of becoming a skilled violinist.