Fictional Character Analysis; Hannibal Lecter Essay

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Abnormal Psychology
Fictional Character Analysis
Hannibal Lecter from “Hannibal” series

Character Description:

Hannibal Lecter is the primary character in the “Hannibal” movie series and will be the subject of psychiatric evaluation for this paper. The series is comprised of 4 films (“Hannibal Rising”, “Silence of the Lambs”, “Red Dragon”, “and Hannibal”) which follow Lecter’s life from youth to adulthood. Lecter is a white male of average height and weight; he is a brilliant doctor and exceptionally well mannered and educated individual. Hannibal Lecter was born in Lithuania in the year of 1933 to a wealthy, aristocratic family. In the midst of World War II, Hannibal, his parents and younger sister, Mischa, relocated to a cabin in
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Lecter’s onset of Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) makes its first appearances at a very young age. In “Hannibal Rising”, Lecter experiences an exceptionally traumatizing event at a very young age; his parents are killed and his little sister is murdered and cannibalized right in front of him. As a juvenile Hannibal leads a very aggressive life. His experiences in the orphanage as a child were not positive; Lecter lacked any type of social circle and was treated very poorly. He is considered a mute yet still displays extreme aggression towards others, especially authority figures. To justify his first kill he claims “rudeness is epidemic”, so to say the lack of the butcher‘s (who insulted Hannibal’s beloved aunt, Lady Murasaki) lack of manners was ultimately a death sentence. Hannibal studies human anatomy and goes to medical school where he is contact with human bodies on a constant basis. Lecter does not seem at all disguised or hesitant in the presence of human bodies; he lacks emotion completely. Throughout his younger years, Hannibal Lecter focuses primarily on seeking revenge on the men involved in his sisters’ murder; although he was very young, Lecter’s incredible detailed memory and exceptional observation skills together, allow, him to identify who the men were, find them and kill them. Lecter not only hunts the men down, but he kills them brutally and cannibalizes pieces

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