A Visit from the Goon Squad

Kitty Jackson Character Analysis

A famous actress who is assaulted by Jules Jones after an interview, during which he notes the power of her fame over those around her. A compassionate person, Kitty forgives Jules’ crime, and goes on to advocate for him in court. Later Dolly uses Kitty’s stardom in an attempt to save the General’s image. Kitty is idealistic and strong willed, which leads to her being kidnapped by The General.
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Kitty Jackson Character Timeline in A Visit from the Goon Squad

The timeline below shows where the character Kitty Jackson appears in A Visit from the Goon Squad. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: A to B
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...would be dumbstruck if she found out that Stephanie’s older brother, Jules had assaulted actress Kitty Jackson during an interview. Stephanie feels proud of herself when her tennis skills approach the... (full context)
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...Jules, is released from prison, where he’d spent five years for the attempted rape of Kitty Jackson. In prison, he’d gone on medication for bipolar disorder, and made peace with a... (full context)
Chapter 8: Selling the General
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...decides The General should be linked to a movie star, which would recover his image. Kitty Jackson, who had become a martyr after she was assaulted by Jules Jones, and later... (full context)
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Dolly and Lulu meet Kitty at the airport, and Dolly is immediately struck with regret. Kitty looks disheveled, and seems... (full context)
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...the sun on her neck. Her hair has recently been cut and dyed blond again. Kitty takes off her sweatshirt, and Dolly notices burns on her arms. Dolly remembers her party,... (full context)
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Arc greets them and tells Kitty he and The General have watched all of her movies. Dolly is worried about what... (full context)
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...they settle into a suite, and Arc offers to take them out for a tour. Kitty decides to stay and drink, but Lulu and Dolly go. Before leaving, Dolly tells Kitty... (full context)
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The next morning they drive out to meet The General. Kitty has done her hair and makeup, and Dolly finds her too beautiful to look at.... (full context)
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Kitty asks Lulu what she wants to do with her life. Lulu, who is only nine,... (full context)
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Dolly, Lulu, Kitty, and Arc arrive in a jungle, and camouflaged men come from the trees. They walk... (full context)
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When The General notices Kitty, Dolly watches the power of recognition move across his face. Kitty moves easily toward The... (full context)
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Dolly is overjoyed by Kitty’s acting, and feels relieved that the job is done. She feels proud that she had... (full context)
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...goes straight to her room, and Dolly tries to figure out what to do about Kitty. (full context)
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...the way to school, and Dolly fears that this silence will never end, and if Kitty dies she feels she will lose her daughter too. At the school, Lulu walks away... (full context)
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Dolly develops the photos she took of Kitty with The General. After she receives the photos, she rushes home and sends the photos... (full context)
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...ten days, The General agreed he had to face his inquisitors. He met them with Kitty on his arm, wearing the blue hat Dolly had advised him to wear earlier in... (full context)
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During dinner, Arc asks if Dolly has seen Kitty’s new movie, in which Kitty plays a jockey and rides on horseback. Dolly had gone... (full context)
Chapter 9: Forty-Minute Lunch: Kitty Jackson Opens Up About Love, Fame, and Nixon!
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...that might appear in a magazine. Jules Jones is the writer, and the article profile’s Kitty Jackson. He recounts a lunch he shared with her, during which he interviews her. The... (full context)
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Kitty is on the phone when he arrives at the restaurant. Jules notes that movie stars... (full context)
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Kitty is on the phone for five minutes, which cuts into the forty minutes she has... (full context)
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Jules notes the way in which people respond to Kitty, which is completely different than the way they respond to non-celebrities. He observes that the... (full context)
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...at the same time. He decides it is a quantum mechanical mystery. The presence of Kitty seems to entangle patrons by making them simultaneously aware that they are not Kitty Jackson.... (full context)
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Jules asks if she likes the attention, and Kitty says she doesn’t feel like she deserves it. He compliments her movies, and she says... (full context)
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Jules notes that sixteen minutes have passed. He suggests that Kitty has been having an affair with her co-star, and purposefully talks with his mouth full... (full context)
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...article from Rikers Island Correctional Facility. For months he has been analyzing the moment where Kitty sucked her finger. He enumerates the list of thoughts that went through his head in... (full context)
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Jules asks what Kitty plans to do with her career next, and Kitty is relieved to receive a normal... (full context)
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Kitty responds to Jules’ question by saying that she imagines her future self looking back at... (full context)
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Jules asks Kitty how it feels to be a sex goddess, but she says it is something other... (full context)
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Jules asks Kitty if she would be willing to go on a walk with him. She asks about... (full context)
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By the time Jules and Kitty have reached Central Park, forty-one minutes have passed. Jules watches Kitty’s legs as they walk,... (full context)
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...her new movie. Jules suggests they stop talking about the movie and talk about horses. Kitty’s response suggests that Jules has broken through her celebrity surface and touched something deeper: Kitty... (full context)
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Later, Kitty writes Jules a letter in jail, apologizing for whatever part she played in his emotional... (full context)