|Plot Summary of The Kennedy Neurosis|
|" The Kennedy family represents the closest thing America has to a royal family. They are attractive, intelligent, eloquent public speakers, and wealthy. Their public image, however, is only that, an image. Behind all the glamour, there exists some real mental issues that this family has refused to deal with. The nine children of Joseph and Rose Kennedy grew up with a domineering father who demanded perfection from his boys, sometimes just ignoring the girls altogether. Joe Sr. wanted power, and if he could not have power personally, then he would put his boys into positions of power. He would achieve his own personal goals through his children, he would live his life through them.
In this family, failure was not an option. Joe had already mapped out the future for his sons, so they were never really able to find out who they were as individuals. This is a family who wanted power for power's sake, they were not all that interested in helping others. "Kennedyism" not patriotism defined this family. Joe Jr. was the chosen son, the favored son, the son who was going to occupy the White House, but his death in World War 2 meant that Jack would have to assume the role that Joe Sr. had created for Joe Jr., that of "future president". "
Nathaniel Ford, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Kennedy Neurosis|
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- Left wing pol fighting right wing
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- politician/elected ruler
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- Washington D.C.
- Fancy Mansion
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- somewhat unfavorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
Is this a biography of several people?
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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