Silence Of The Lambs By Jonathan Demme Essay

799 Words Apr 19th, 2016 4 Pages
The film Silence of the Lambs directed by Jonathan Demme, features Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist, serial killer, and cannibal. Throughout the film, the viewer is able to identify that he experiences a Cluster B personality disorder, more specifically antisocial personality disorder. ASPD is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation for the rights of others. This disorder is also been known as sociopathy, psychopathy, and dissocial personality disorder. The first symptom Lecter goes through is failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors, as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest (Biedel, Bulik, & Stanley, 2014, p.400). Early in the movie, the audience discovers he has already engaged in and been convicted for murder and cannibalism. Plus, in the beginning of the movie, the audience learns that he breaks social norms by eating the flesh or internal organs of human beings. To depict this, after Lecter has been transferred to a new facility, he manages to attack two police officers, while they are bringing him dinner. He cuts open and removes the internal organs of one officer, then he skins the face of the other with his mouth, to use it as a mask to escape. Moreover, a second symptom is deceitfulness, as indicated by lying repeatedly, using of aliases, or coning others for personal profit or pleasure. Lecter is not completely dishonest, but his methods are deceiving (p. 400). He distributes messages that are…

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