Adam Lanza Research Paper

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On Friday, December 14th, 2012, Adam Lanza brutally killed 20 children and 6 adults, leaving the town of Newtown, Connecticut traumatized and at a loss for words. People across the nation were watched in aghast as the news reports showed parents hysterically crying outside of Sandy Hook Elementary School waiting to find out if their child was safe. There are no words to express what a tragedy that day was. Police, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and investigators searched for an answer to the question that everyone around the country was asking: Why would someone do such a thing? While no one will ever know why Lanza committed such a heinous act, he fit the “profile” of a mass murderer. “If you're wondering who else in the United States might fit a "profile" of becoming a mass killer, just look around: They are everywhere, and they're most likely harmless. Frighteningly, we have little idea about what separates those who ponder committing slaughter from those who go through with it. Experts say that risk factors, such as social isolation and rejection [are…show more content…
In the same way, many people struggle with an inner violence, some carry this burden around with them in secret, but others, like Adam Lanza, act upon it. One of the main characteristics that connect many mass murderers is the continuous and cruel rejection from society, which later manifests itself in psychotic tendencies. These tendencies many times surface because of a traumatic event that pushes the individual to fantasize about self-aggrandizement by inflicting pain on other people. Just as the monster says, “You are my creator, but I am your master; obey (Shelley, Miller, and Bloom, "Chapter 20" 146)!” Both the monster and Lanza attempt to gain power by murdering those who did not hurt them, this is another indicator of psychotic

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