Clarice's Struggle In Silence Of The Lambs

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Clarice Starling, an amateurish though qualified female FBI trainee. She is employed to get information from an imprisoned serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Her boss hopes that Dr. Lector can lead them to another serial killer, Buffalo Bill, who is killing women and making “suits out of their skin” (direct quote from movie). Finding she can only progress through gaining the trust of the Dr. Lector, she allows him inside her head to expose what she fears the most in exchange for his expertise in the field of forensic psychology. When the senator’s daughter is kidnapped, time is of the essence. Clarice is frantic to extract information from Dr. Lector that will help them find Buffalo Bill before he kills again. Clarice Starling is concerned with her progress as an FBI trainee. Clarice’s every waking hour is devoted to the activity of detecting and fighting criminals, particularly serial killers, for the FBI. Silence of the Lambs opens with Clarice Starling as a woman running an obstacle course, alone, through the woods that are thick with fog. Throughout the story, she’s always doing something, moving about, taking very little time to hardly ever sitting down. Clarice wants to do her job the best she can and even surpass her father’ legacy, that she has created in the field of police work. She will do whatever it takes, even if it means locating chopped heads preserved in jars from storage lockers and attending shocking and dreadful autopsies. By interviewing Dr. Lector, she is forced to give out personal information about her past and…show more content…
She jumps each time Lecter slams his sliding food tray, hesitates to take anything from him, even when it’s only a towel. But when he does make contact, it’s only to lightly stroke her finger—her worries were groundless. During the course of this movie, Clarice shows signs of anxiety, fear, and at times, a sense of

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