Monday, 29 July 2013

Castle Who is Richard Castle?

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Early beginnings
We know his name is Richard Alexander Rogers. He never knows his father until very late. His father is in the CIA. His mother is an actress , Martha Rogers.
When little she had a lot of nannies look after him but we learn their care wasn't too flash. He then goes to a lot of boarding schools when gaining an education.

All of this makes him insecure. It is likely he was bullied at school and he counters by using his humour and sharp wit to gain popularity.  It is at one of these schools some-one tells him has has real talent as a writer. this is something he take to heart and ever after always fervently believes. ( somewhat ironically he solves the very crime this mentor of his is involved in however it means his mentor was actively involved in murdering his own father.)

He goes to University and does well.It is here he changes his name to Castle as it sounds a better name for a writer. He writes a best-seller whilst still there BUT he had to persevere and hawk it around to a lot of publishers before it actually hit the shelves. from that moment forward he earns a comfortable living as a writer.


We know he does a lot of research and has a great eye for detail.

Relationships
Kyra
He is with Kyra for over three years whilst at university. we know he loved her deeply and wanted to marry her BUT she did not believe in marriage and she went overseas. communication problems meant neither got in touch with the other and they never meant until Castle investigated the murder at Kyra's wedding.
Meredith
We can speculate here that  Castle never wanted to marry Meredith. We know from his talk with Kyra he didn't love Meredith but we also know he enjoyed having sex with her. Given we know Meredith is a compulsive liar and loves the good life it is not out of the realms of possibility that Meredith deliberately got pregnant to get part of the castle gravy train.
After all she is not physically attractive and her personality leaves a lot to be desired. Also it is way too early for Castle to want marriage after Kyra.
She cannot help herself and she is caught in bed with her director. She doesn't want Alexis and so Castle gains custody.
Gina
This marriage is very strange. Why would he get married so son after being divorced? Yes she is quite attractive BUT she is a successful publishing executive working long hours. We learn that little sex happened, probably because of the long working hours. we know Gina is a safe bet but boring.

Daughter
One of the best things that happens to him was the birth of his daughter Alexis. Absurdly she has no  family characteristics at all. She is a  diligent and very bright student, quite responsible and quite protective of her father. She is very close to him and this is because he brought her up being a house dad.

Playboy/womaniser
It is AFTER his divorce with Gina Castle develops a reputation for being a playboy.  This is most probably the brainstorm of Paula his agent and Gina who is also his publisher. He wouldn't have the time to be out with any women whilst he is looking after Alexis at home but it is a different matter when she is school age.
The reputation is a sham. No ladies man has a relationship for over 3 years with one woman ( Kyra) and then gets married for a similar time with Meredith and again gets married for a much shorter time with Gina.
Castle uses this public image to avoid emotional attachment to any woman. He is simply after sex if the woman desires it as well.
Personality
Castle is an extrovert and a person who is well liked. For example he regularly plays cards with Roy Montgomery, the Mayor and the Judge who allows Beckett's affidavits. He always beat them but they always come back to play.
He is self deprecating. He is a much better shot than Beckett  yet when he shoots the gun out of the hand of some-one about to shoot Beckett he said he was aiming for his head!
He is very good under pressure. Whether it is telling Beckett to get behind him when the tiger is about to pounce or when he deliberately gets her talking about she was always into him to help her  get distracted from the bomb she is standing on.
Caskett
It takes time for Castle to get interested in Beckett. clearly he is interested in her as a character for his books. She is so interesting he can write and write. In the early stages he plays up his public persona which Beckett clearly believes.
He does this to gain information about her both directly and more importantly indirectly. however it is not long when he ditches this and realises what an extraordinary woman she is.
He must know Beckett likes him. When he starts following her she instantly changes her hairstyle, puts on make-up, lipstick and eye shadow and wears more stylish clothes.
The Caskett relationship probably starts when he apologizes for examining her mother's case.
She sees him in a different light. 
He is clearly worried about directly asking her out so he asks her to the Hampton's but only platonically!
from the moment he comes back and is accepted again we can say they are in love with each other but neither will admit it.
Castle clearly gets the Demming /Beckett relationship wrong. He thinks it will not last but then when it does he starts a cold war with Demming. Demming moves too fast and Becket eventually chooses Castle but too late.
Castle is much more circumspect with Josh. He always asks questions about him and realises that the relationships going nowhere. 
This provokes two things in Castle, He never admits to being in love with Beckett as she is with Josh.
He uses the term ALWAYS. This is an emotional intimate word and it allows him to say i love you to Beckett without him actually having to say the words . She realises this and in turn uses the word as well for the same reason. The Caskett relationship becomes much stronger emotionally as a result.
How much does he love her. He was willing to take a bullet for her at the funeral, He waited four years for her and he was not willing to live without her if she was killed by the bomb she was standing on.
One aspect of the relationship strangely rarely mentioned is how both of them get off when they solve murders together.
It is almost like they are having sex.you can see the ecstasy in their eyes  when they say to each other they know who the murderer is.Almost but not quite DH Lawrence allusions

Proposal
the proposal is strange but understandable. He believes by proposing he can show Beckett he is serous about their relationship and he can help Beckett overcome her irrational fears. He is grimaced at the swings because he has to get it right. He cannot live with a NO.
He also sees the woman Beckett can be once these fears are gone hence his patience.

update:

I failed to mention Castle is not a vindictive person at all. He is afterall possibly the only divorced husband to continue to still have sex with his ex-wife even tough he caught in his own bed with her director!

Whoopsy again compulsory Castle/Coldplay video