The Silence Of The Lambs Essay

1131 Words Apr 19th, 2016 5 Pages
The Silence of the Lambs is a film that deals heavily with mental illness and diagnosis. A large portion of its cast are made up of fictional psychiatrists and behavior analysts. The setting for a abundance of the plot takes place at the Baltimore State Mental hospital for the Criminally Insane. The main protagonist Clarice Starling uses psychology and behavior analysts to track down a serial killer. Nevertheless, so much use of mental illness does not necessarily mean it gets it right. It does a superior job than most, however it uses many some common cinematic tricks to frame mental illness in a more exciting and dangerous light. In all actuality, “People with psychiatric disabilities are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violent crime” (Appleby, et al., 2001). Contributing mental illness with this type of violence perpetuates the myths of the mentally ill are always violent and should be feared. The movie also does a poor job or diagnosing the antagonists. It sporadically throws around the word psychopath to describe Hannibal Lecter and “Buffalo Bill”, and misses opportunities to dig deeper into the characters illnesses.
We hear the word psychopath or sociopath to describe murders on television and movies, but is it an accurate psychological evaluation of these two murders? During the criminal proceedings of both cases, experts might have described these two murders as a psychopath. However, the term psychopath has not been accredited by any psychiatric…

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