The Assasination Of John Lennon

Essay by HalcyonzJunior High, 8th gradeA+, April 2004

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John Lennon was the Michel Jordan of music. He transformed the way we interpret things and the way things seem to us. He was at the peak of his existence, the high point of his life, when he was shot and killed by an insane man named Mark Chapman. Chapman had a deranged look on life. He had used drugs, misused alcohol and did all sorts of unimaginable things to himself. He claimed to see "Little People" as well as receiving hidden messages straight through the T.V. screen. His strangest quirk was his affixation with the novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Chapman's copy of the book was found with a message written on the inside cover, "This is my statement", Holden Caulfield- The Catcher in the Rye" (, 1).

John Lennon contributed many things to the American music industry and way of life, but his biggest contribution was his talk of peace, love, friendship and well being.

John Lennon put his emotions into lyrics with songs like "All You Need Is Love" which he and Paul McCartney wrote with the Beatles and "Give Peace A Chance", which he wrote with Yoko Ono. He was a complete and utter pacifist who disliked violence in all forms, which is one of the reasons his why his sudden and brutal death was so shocking.

Mark Chapman assassinated John Lennon December 8, 1980 with a small pistol. Mark Chapman claimed to have (as you know)demons inside him as well as "Little People" that told him what to do. In this case, it was to kill John Lennon.

At 10:50, a white limousine pulled up to the "Dakota", which was where Lennon, Yoko, and their son Shawn were currently staying. Yoko exited the car before Lennon and started up the stairs. Chapman...