Analysis of the Film 'Silence of the Lambs'

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The American public's fascination with serial murders has not only continuously kept these violent men and women in the public eye, but has also inspired the creation of films that demonstrate and dramatize the heinous crimes committed by these people. One such film program that adapts crimes committed by serial murderers, and the murderers themselves, is The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Through a combination of criminology, psychology, and sociology, The Silence of the Lambs is able to not only inform audiences of the dangerous types of people that currently inhabit society, but also of the individuals who study serial murderers with the intent of apprehending them before they commit any more crimes and to help identify these murderers victims. One of the disciplines explored by The Silence of the Lambs is criminology. "Criminology is the scientific study of crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system" (Northwest Community College). Criminology sets out to investigate and analyze criminals' motivations, the impact of crime on the community, how the criminal system operates, and the effectiveness of the criminal system (Northwest Community College). The Silence of the Lambs not only highlights the crimes committed by serial murderers, but it also analyzes the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) and the processes they undergo to determine, profile, and apprehend a serial murderer. In the film, the primary BAU investigator is Clarice
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