Setting shapes characters: Patrick Bateman in American´s Psycho

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When Bret Easton Ellis published his third novel, American Psycho, he was extremely criticized for the graphic content of the book. It was violent, obscene and gory. It was later banned in some places, attacked by the liberal journals and he received various death threats. As a young and smart writer he decided not to speak out about the real reasons why he wrote the novel. He was not even able to read it again until the summer of 2001. After some time, his book that was commonly misread was eventually understood and acknowledged by the public. When the adaptation of the movie, which was directed by a woman, came out it helped to clarify the meaning of the book, showing that this novel was more than just another superficial bestseller,…show more content…
He and everyone in his social circle have everything, which can explain why they are all so self centered, materialistic and shallow. They only care about the incidents that directly affect them. This is presented in a satirical and ironic way when Patrick mentions to everyone around him that he is a psychopath but no one can listen. For example, when Patrick is in the Spa he mentions to the massage therapists that he wants to “take a girl and a doggie- a collie, sharpai, it doesn’t matter- and then hook up this transfusion pump.. and switch their blood” (Easton Ellis 116). However they are ironically listening to music and too busy to care so they tell him to stop speaking and to relax. Additionally, Bateman himself does not listen to what others have to say and he only measures the value of someone according to what they wear, what they own and where they eat. For instance, he loathes Paul Owen (Paul Allen in the film) because he feels threatened by him. After Paul receives the Fisher Account, Bateman becomes tremendously envious and starts to point out that Paul is superior because he has better taste in clothes than him and a better apartment view, instead of accepting that maybe Paul received the Fisher account for his talents. This shows how society during these times was tremendously materialistic and competitive. Furthermore, Easton Ellis decides to make Bateman describe everyone’s clothes

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