Silence Of The Lambs Essay

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Silence of the Lambs is a film based on the book of the same name written by Thomas Harris. It was released in 1993 and was directed by Jonathan Demme. The movie is about a student at the FBI academy, Clarice Starling, who is asked to interview the famous serial killer Hannibal Lecter by the head of the Behavior Science Unit Head Jack Crawford. When she meets Lecter, they have a strange and twisted connection, and he gives her clues to finding Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who skins a piece of his victim’s skin. Buffalo Bill then kidnaps Catherine Martin, the daughter of a US senator, and the hunt to catch him escalates. Then in order to get cooperation from Lecter, Starling offers him a fake deal given to her by Crawford. He takes the deal…show more content…
This personality type has very authoritative, stern, no nonsense attitudes and they frequently do not want high authority involved, such as is in the case of Silence of the Lambs. This distortion is most notably in the sequence when Starling and Crawford arrive in West Virginia to examine the body of the third victim, they are met by suspicious police who make it clear that they do not want them involved, and the only reason they are there is because someone “called them from the state’s attorney office.” The sheriff even goes on to say that he will show them “every courtesy” but make it clear that they do not want them…show more content…
Already discussed the issues that Starling faces as a woman in law enforcement, which is a common motif through the film. Police officers are often shown as incompetent such as the officers who are tricked by Lecter. When they come to deliver a meal to him, Lecter is holding a nail in hands, and uses it to get out of his handcuffs and attack the officers. Lecter then tricks the other officer in the building by making them believe that they killed him when in fact he is pretending to be one of two officers he originally attacked and shot the officer who identity he has stolen. Then Lecter is put on an ambulance, and then proceeds to murder the people on the ambulance and escapes. This promotes a view that the police can be a careless at

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