In the last cases, the victim's suffering is trivialized, which leads to sympathizing with the victimizer, as analogously found in the social commentary and social criticism of the writings of for instance Sade. Adoption in American literary criticism[ edit ] Among the first American writers who employed black comedy in their works were Nathanael West  and Vladimir Nabokov although at the time the genre was not widely known in the US.
Plot[ edit ] Henry 'Hank' Chinaski Matt Dillon is working toward becoming a writer while struggling with alcoholism and holding various menial jobs. The film follows Chinaski as he works at, and gets fired from, various jobs, which include cleaning a massive sculpture, delivering ice, working at a pickle factory, and in a bicycle shop.
In the course of sampling the smorgasbord of short-lived occupations, he meets up with assorted eccentric, frequently alcoholic characters. The first woman Chinaski meets in a bar becomes his most consistent companion throughout the film.
Jan Lili Taylorlike Chinaski, is an alcoholic.
He moves in and becomes her lover and drinking partner. They co-exist comfortably in languid squalor until Chinaski becomes upset after an altercation where he beats a wealthy man at the racing track who refuses to give up his seat.
Initially polite, Chinaski assaults the man after Jan challenges his behavior.
Soon after, Chinaski leaves Jan. Unemployed again and scoring his next drink, Hank meets another female barfly, Laura Marisa Tomeiwho feels sorry for Chinaski and helps him procure alcohol with the help of her wealthy "sugar daddy" Pierre, an eccentric older man.
After a strange misadventure on Pierre's boat, Chinaski briefly returns to Jan, who is now working as a chambermaid at a hotel. A pivotal scene occurs with Jan after Chinaski discovers that he has caught a case of the "crabs" from her.
Chinaski gains work but quickly loses his job after deciding to drink instead of completing cleaning a large statue.
Chinaski and Jan again break up after realizing their relationship has become boring and predictable and that they no longer really need each other. Jan moves in with a wealthy man who was the person assaulted before by Chinaski.
By the film's end Chinaski finds that he is most comfortable being alone with just his alcohol and his writing to keep him company. In the final scene Chinaski justifies his lifestyle. While drinking, and watching a topless pole dancer, he describes the costs, persistence needed, and rewards of writing.
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