Essay Fictional Character Analysis; Hannibal Lecter

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Abnormal Psychology
Fictional Character Analysis
Hannibal Lecter from “Hannibal” series

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Hannibal Lecter is the primary character in the “Hannibal” movie series and will be the subject of psychiatric evaluation for this paper. The series is comprised of 4 films (“Hannibal Rising”, “Silence of the Lambs”, “Red Dragon”, “and Hannibal”) which follow Lecter’s life from youth to adulthood. Lecter is a white male of average height and weight; he is a brilliant doctor and exceptionally well mannered and educated individual. Hannibal Lecter was born in Lithuania in the year of 1933 to a wealthy, aristocratic family. In the midst of World War II, Hannibal, his parents and younger sister, Mischa, relocated to a cabin in …show more content…

In fact, those with psychiatric personality disorders such as ADP are accountable for over 49% of all crimes; of those with more than 5 crimes, 59% had a severe psychiatric diagnosis. This study found higher levels of crime within groups of people with ADP or other personality disorders. The likelihood of an offender having a personality disorder increases as the number of offenses committed increases. (Andre Sourander) Hannibal is a dangerous serial killer and cannibal, responsible for over 20 deaths and also has a severe case of ADP.

Childhood trauma is directly associated with patients with Psychopathy/Antisocial Personality Disorder. According to this study by Mesut Cetin which tested a number of Turkish men, patients with ADP reported significantly higher rates of childhood trauma related events. 60.8% of the ADP subjects had at least 1 type of childhood traumatization. Childhood experiences are essential factors of development and directly correlated with the aquiration of ADP and other severe personality disorders. Children with a negative upbringing that experience things such as neglect and abuse are at a much greater risk to develop disorders such as ADP. (Mesut Cetin) This study supports the link between childhood traumas and ADP. Hannibal Lecter undergoes extreme trauma when his family is, murdered and his sister is cannibalized.

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