Iggy Azalea is a Real Life Catcher in the Rye: Characterization and Cyberbullying on Twitter

 

Iggy Azalea has quit Twitter. Let’s focus on her last tweet and her reasoning. In her final tweets, Iggy Azalea describes the “hatred and pettiness” she finds online, calling the internet the “ugliest reflection of man kind there is.”

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As you can see, not even global fame and celebrity can protect Iggy from the ills of cyberbullying in today’s age.

 

Iggy feels as if she is being attacked and cyber-bullied based upon her appearance. These tweets constitute a narrative and Iggy is the main character in this story. What do these tweets reveal about her character? How is she feeling? What emotions does she bring out? Iggy’s experiences strike a similarity to the experiences of a troubled character in a classic novel named Holden Caulfield from the acclaimed book, Catcher in the Rye. Now, imagine if Holden Caulfield lived in the age of social media, would he have reacted the same way? Like Iggy, Holden is brutally honest throughout the novel. In the book, the audience learns that Holden has been kicked out of yet another school. Like Iggy, Holden gives evidence throughout the book that he is disliked and misunderstood by others.

 

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Cyberbullying, even on social media platforms like Twitter, can lead to people feeling victimized, causing them to verbally lash out at others. As you can see, not even global fame and celebrity can protect Iggy from these ills in today’s age.  However, the Catcher in the Rye novel shows us that this is nothing new. Holden and Iggy both show us that a true test of one’s character is how we respond to the unprovoked negativity in the world and you are only a victim if you allow yourself to become one.

Media

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Lesson Plan

The goal of this lesson is for students to interpret and understand characterization in a novel after analyzing tweets by artist Iggy Azalea. In literature, a character’s personality is revealed through characterization.

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Lesson tags: Characterization, Cyberbullying, Eleventh, English, Featured, Music, Pop Culture, Social Media, Social Networking, Twelfth, Twitter

Michelle Platt

Michelle Platt Michelle Platt is a curriculum writer, and former English and Social Studies teacher. She is also a licensed attorney. She graduated college with an English degree and is an aspiring author, currently working on her first book. Her favorite things are coffee, binge watching TV, and her family, not necessarily in that order.