Essay on Change: an Analysis of the Silence of the Lambs
May 28, 2012
University of Phoenix
Change: An Analysis of The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) is a film based on the novel by Thomas Harris, directed by Jonathan Demme. This film is a psychological crime-drama-thriller. Each of the main characters in this film share, in their own ways, a desire for change. The purpose of this paper is to analyze three main character’s roles in the film, and their wish for transformation. Clarice Starling is an FBI academy cadet; Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a psychiatrist-cannibal serial killer; and Jame Gumb (a.k.a. “Buffalo Bill”) is a tailor-serial killer of women. One other symbol of change in …show more content…
The previous quote leads me to another reason Starling would want to create change in her life. In the film, Clarice is constantly ostracized because of that fact that she is a woman in FBI training. She seeks to be accepted by her peers, as if she has something to prove. She strives to make them take her seriously. Many of the camera angles used by the director in the movie make the men appear to tower over her. There is a scene when Clarice is ordered to report to Jack Crawford, her superior and former instructor.