Psychopathy In Jasper Dent's Jazz

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Jasper Dent prays every day that he isn’t a sociopath. ☺Jasper “Jazz” Dent is just like any other teenager. He goes to public school in the morning and hangs out with his friends in the afternoon. He is involved in the theatre. He has a beautiful girlfriend. That’s what he wants to believe. That’s what he wants the world to believe. In reality, this is all a façade that he convinces himself he is living. In reality, he goes to school in the morning to be met by the press questioning and prodding about his serial killer father, Billy Dent. He hangs out with friends in the afternoon when they go to examine corpses in abandoned fields and break into morgues. He is involved with the death of his theatre teacher… but at least his girlfriend is real. …show more content…
Throughout the novel, Jazz is constantly conflicted when having to face his feelings. For his entire life, he has had to fake emotions in order to get away with conning people. However, when the times comes for him to face the feeling of love for his girlfriend, he can’t even tell if the feeling is true or if he is just simply conning himself. Jazz is also confused about love because he always questions whether or not he loved his dad. Since Jazz was essentially brainwashed as a child, he did not realize that the actions his dad was performing were morally wrong and not to mention illegal. However, as soon as he realizes this, he becomes afraid of his father and approaches him with caution instead of love. Moreover, this becomes even more depressing because Jazz’s mother has disappeared, which leaves Jazz with no parental role model and more importantly, no …show more content…
First, Jazz must discover the answer to the murder case before more people encounter their demise. Jazz follows the clues that were given to him at the crime scenes and uses his skills of deducing in order to catch the killer. However, once the killer is caught, more questions come to the surface. So, even after a long, perilous journey, the truth is still not uncovered. Jazz also wants to discover the truth about himself. Was he tracking this killer out of the goodness of his heart? Or was he trying to cooperate with the police in order to establish himself as a person who is not capable of sociopathic thoughts and actions? Throughout the entire story, Jazz is fighting this internal war and questioning every choice he makes, trying to determine the reason behind his actions. Lastly, Jazz must find the truth about what he is capable of. “Jazz spent a chunk of the day fantasizing about ways to kill his grandmother, plotting them and planning them in the most excruciating, gruesome detail his imagination would allow. It turned out his imagination allowed quite a bit. He spent the rest of the day convincing himself--over and over--not to do it.” (Lyga 166). This shows the inner conflict Jazz is facing. Is he capable of murder or not? A recurring dream of Jazz cutting something or someone with a knife haunts Jazz for years and nearly drives him insane. Or was it a memory? Either way, Jazz ponders whether or not he

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