Questions for Lector

Topics: The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lecter, Hannibal Pages: 8 (3431 words) Published: July 13, 2013
Questions for lector:
Hannibal Lecter interests us so much because he is a cannibal. That is something that is so taboo in our society and since we are drawn to things that are different we are interested in his behaviors. His ability to see into people’s minds and read their mentality and behaviors are really interesting because he has such a keen ability for it because he was a psychiatrist before he was convicted as a murderer. His advanced mindset is also able to deeply plan things with intricate details and get away with very erratic schemes because he studies human behaviors. He knows them so well he can basically see what they will look at and act so he plans his schemes around premeditated behaviors. Hannibal being able to dissect aspects of people’s lives by their current behaviors is something that bewilders us and makes us pay very close attention. His whole personality and way about him intrigues us because he is so smart, sharp and pure evil. Lecter talks to Starling because he finds her interesting. This is because she has had a traumatic childhood which caused her a lot of mental pain. Though she disguises it well, she is essentially one of his patients. She still hears the slaughtered lambs screaming in her sleep so she constantly works to try to save anyone she can, with hopes that saving someone will keep the sounds and screams out of her head. Hannibal can see right through this and is interested by her story and intent to save as many victims as possible. He also talks to her because she is smart and doesn’t fall into any traps. Lecter likes this about her and he wants to see what is in her mind that avoids his tricks and is so focused. He tells her that he has no plans to call on her meaning that he doesn’t intend to kill her. Hannibal won’t kill her because he likes her character and thinks that she is useful and should be kept around. Conclusion: While watching the film, The Silence of the Lambs, I got an inside look at the mind of a psychopath. It was very insightful to see how these people’s minds work and what they consider “normal” behavior. Hannibal Lecter was trying to cover for Jame Gumb, the alleged killer. After finding evidence at the home of the girl who was missing, detectives and FBI agents set out to find him. Jame Gumb was a cross dresser. He would take his victims skin and use it to wear on himself, to become more like a woman. His victims were put in a well like hole, hidden in one of the back rooms of his house so no one could hear her cries for help. I noticed that Jame Gumb got so much excitement and satisfaction by keeping her there, while there was nothing she could do to get out. Also, I observed that he became angered very easily. For example, when Fran, the girl held hostage, tricked his dog into jumping into the hole she was in, Gumb got angry really quickly and started angrily running around his house. My favorite scene was when the FBI detective went to his house, thinking it was just a witness’s house. She became aware that that was the guy she was looking for when she saw the rare species of moth flying around in his kitchen. She grabbed her gun, but too slowly because Gumb was already scattered somewhere else in his house. While in a dark room, where she could not see anything, Jame Gumb was right before her eyes wearing night vision goggles. She sensed the movement and began shooting, ending up killing him. This movie freaked me out. These types of people are really out there today, and it’s scary to think that they can do this to innocent people without any bit of remorse.

1. Lecter often seems to be fishing for a particular reaction when he asks personal questions. What reaction does he seek, and why? 2. Why was Hannibal Lecter so interested in Clarice's past? How would it benefit him? Answer: Knowing about her past gives him an advantage in how he can manipulate her - he understands her fears, weaknesses, strengths, and so on. A psychiatrist normally...
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