A Psychoanalytical View of Crime and Punishment and American Psycho

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Homicide always will be an aspect of life, whether it is in the 16th century, 21st century or in the future. At times of extreme stress, people may turn to murder as an outlet of a greater problem they cannot fix or control. Presently, homicide has a greater value in society due to popular culture references through the media such as television, film and writing; society constantly has homicide and murder in the subconscious. In David M. Buss’ findings in The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind is Designed to Kill, According to our findings, 91 percent of men and 84 percent of women have had at least one such vivid fantasy about killing someone...the human mind has developed adaptations for killing—deeply ingrained patterns of thought,…show more content…
He is immaculately groomed and dressed. His body marks not disruption or Otherness but normalcy. (231) I agree in the way Ellis’ character “fails to embody the kind of hybridism or repulsion necessary” as the stereotypical serial killer, a point that needs emphasizing since so many people still believe those with homicidal abilities posses homicidal and monstrous features. Dostoyevsky’s character also portrays his intelligence through his article On Crime and in his household, a major location in the novel where his friends and family congregate. Dostoyevsky describes, “...a painted table in the corner on which lay a few manuscripts and books; the dust that lay thick upon them showed that they had been long untouched,” (Dostoyevsky 1.3.1). Although through time Raskolnikov’s value for education diminishes, he still leads the lifestyle he once possessed after the murder. Going to bars and living the life they lead before the murders of the pawn broker, her sister and the fourteen people slaughtered by Bateman reveal Raskolnikov’s and Bateman’s real outlook on life. Feeling no remorse, they move on to the next item on their to-do list. The modus operandi, or the method of operation, describes one’s habits which lead to identification and apprehension of the offender. In addition, the modus operandi includes the motive for committing the crime, in this case, homicide. This

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