Analysis Of The Book ' American Psycho ' By Bret Easton Ellis

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American Psycho is a novel written by Bret Easton Ellis in 1991. The book details the life and subsequent descent into madness of yuppie investment banker Patrick Bateman. Bateman appears to everyone as charming young man but is also possibly one of the most vicious serial killers in American history (whether Bateman committed the murders is left ambiguous). It takes place at the height of the Reagan era in Manhattan and is primarily a critique of the vapid and capitalist society that Bateman resides in. Ellis criticizes various aspects of American culture through both the actions and thoughts of Patrick Bateman and those around him. Bateman acts as symbol of the death of ones humanity that occurs in a superficial and nihilistic post-modern society. The things that are critiqued the most in this novel are materialism, conformity, superficiality, and the depravity of man. One of the most prevalent aspects of society criticized by this novel is the depravity of man. Ellis portrays American society as a place rife with violence and horror yet is also desensitized to it. For example this is summarized perfectly on page 4 when Timothy Price (a friend of Bateman) looks through a newspaper and says the following: “In one issue—in One issue—let’s see here... strangled models, babies thrown from tenement rooftops, kids killed in the subway, a Communist rally, Mafia boss wiped out, Nazis”—he flips through the pages excitedly “baseball players with AIDS, more Mafia shit, gridlock,
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