Fictional portrayals of psychopaths

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  • The Importance Of Tropes In Horror Movies

    Thomas Widiger, a UK professor I spoke with who specializes in psychopathology, Holmes isn’t the only potential psychopathic hero; Breaking Bad’s main character Walter White falls within the same gray category. “[Walter White is] a meth dealer,” he began, “but he was the hero of the story and everyone wanted him to succeed, even as a meth dealer, which is very strange because he was hurting a lot of people’s lives with dealing this meth.” Such a complex relationship with the silver-screen psychopath is likely due to society’s own inability to cope with the idea that they are “not the captain of their own ship”, as stated by Dr. Widiger, and are instead controlled by psychological forces outside of their control. This inability to understand their own psychological limitations may also stem from misinformation by various psychological organizations which state that only 20-30% of people will experience some form of psychopathology, also known as mental or behavioral disorders, of which Dr. Widiger believes “frankly adds to the stigma because it gives the idea that the vast majority of the population has no psychopathology, and that we’re all extremely healthy…

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  • Steel In Anna Scabbard

    Introduction “You’ve got some steel in you Scabbard... so perhaps the name is appropriate.”- A one line description by an onlooker describes the character of my story’s protagonist Anna Scabbard. Throughout my extended project I have explored that ‘steel’, that callous and determined attitude she presents. I have done this by way of exploring academic sources, such as psychopath profiling or medical journal descriptions of the symptoms of traumatic brain injury, as well as looking into the…

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  • Nature Vs. Nurture In Frankenstein

    Human development has been the center of much debate for thousands of years. Scholars often refer to this discourse as the nature vs. nurture debate - nature defined as the genetic disposition of a person, and nurture defined as the exterior influence. This debate has been a major theme in areas from professional psychological fields to fictional works. Mary Shelley is one famous fictional author that addresses this conflict in her well known novel Frankenstein, a tale about a creature that is…

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  • Psycho Norman Analysis

    Sometimes, he is a child, following orders and being influenced by thoughts of the consequences. Other times, he takes over the position his mother previously played in his life. His memory of his mother portrays her as very protective, hard to please and consistently ordering him around. He could also possibly have paranoid schizophrenia. It is difficult to determine because the audience has no fact checker with his memory. It is clear his reality is not accurate due to his actions, but when…

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  • Mailer's Song Stylistic Analysis

    meaning; Mailer presents his attempt to elicit meaning upon them. (1981: 42-3) Further in journalistic fiction, characterization transcends the conventions of traditional reporting with portrayal of people with psychological depth (Mark H. Mass 13). Wolfe described this technique as “... giving the full objective description, plus something that readers had always had to go to novels and short stories for: namely, the subjective and emotional life of the characters” (Tom Wolfe and E. W. Johnson…

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