Monday, October 15, 2007


J.D.'s life in Scrubs is marked by his love for his best friend Chris Turk. He plays with the standard boundaries of friendship, causing others to think them homosexual, when in reality, they aren't. This may or may not be the case with Catullus and Licinius, but the parallels are clear. In Carmen 50, Catullus talks about his writing verses with Licinius, which mirrors the nights J.D. and Turk spend together just hanging out. Catullus further explains how he cannot sleep nor eat because he cannot stop thinking about him. This love can also be seen in Scrubs when J.D. celebrates when Turk finally returns from his honeymoon and they spend 10 minutes running around the hospital trying to find each other.

Throughout all of J.D.'s relationships with women, Turk has always been there. The way Catullus portrays Furius and Aurelius in Carmen 11 is in this same idea. He asks them to "nuntiate meae puellae non bona dicta," to "send my girl not good words." Even though, he has problems with women, he knows he can count on his best friends Aurelius and Furius to be there for him.

The love shared by Turk and J.D. is simple "guy love." There is nothing more to it than meets the eye. His relationship raises eyebrows just like many of Catullus' relationships with men do to us today, but it's just a cultural issue in our modern world. Just like a few of Shakespeare’s sonnets describe his love for men, Catullus’ poems and Scrubs show a level of love between people of the same gender that is not commonly seen.


pranav2 said...

Salve amica!!!

anqi2 said...


Kelsey2 said...

Ah, yes. It is important to make the distinction between friendly and romantic love. Catullus discusses both kinds in detail, although with some people he writes about, it is suggested that the two types blend. The "eternal friendship" poem about Lesbia is a good example. And then for other people he shows no love at all... (crappy papers...)

Bob Patrick said...

Good job, Timmy.
Mr. P

pranav2 said...

J.D.'s life and Catullus' poetry are very similar in that both deal with friendly love and true love. I like how you also show that both these two can overlap, like in J.D.'s love for Turk and Catullus' attraction towards Licinius.

Yayu2 said...

Very true connections. Modern views on homosexuality have caused many to raise an eye whenever such a relationship is mentioned. Catullus explored many different types of love relationships in his poems: the love between Lesbia and him, the love between friends, and just regular friendship love. After his breakup with Lesbia, he shows that he could be very close to friends like Licinius, and he could be very degrading toward others, like Suffenus. He also shows that sometimes these love relationships blend.
Nice job! I like how you explored a love relationship that is very controversial.