American Psycho and Social Criticism. Illusion or Reality? by Lena Groß

By Lena Groß

Seminar paper from the yr 2013 within the topic English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,0, Johannes Gutenberg collage Mainz, language: English, summary: The filming of Bret Easton Ellis’ bestseller novel American Psycho brought on an important scandal after its book in 2000 (Lee Brien). It covers the tale of the serial killer Patrick Bateman, who enjoys an excellent acceptance all over the place in big apple. Bateman is a tender, athletic, good-looking, winning, and stereotypical Nineteen Eighties yuppie, who you can see in magazines, journals, advertisements for Calvin Klein or Hugo Boss, and on Wall road. nonetheless, he murders, rapes, tortures, mutilates, and cannibalizes his sufferers, yet his merciless acts stay undetected. before everything sight, Patrick’s habit turns out very frustrating simply because he neither presents the viewers with any purposes for his murders, nor with any mental perception into his personality to justify his activities. Taking a more in-depth glance, his habit and violence are an expression of the materialistic, superficial nature of the yankee society to which Bateman desires to belong “and into which his ailment and inhumanity do really ‘fit’” (Horsley 222).
Although loads of Bateman’s brutal activities are proven, on the finish of the motion picture the viewers involves query if these kind of murders fairly occurred simply because a few inconsistencies in his tale turn into obvious e.g. Bateman outlines the homicide of a guy, who at this element used to be no longer even on the town. for this reason, the query is raised to whether the murders are genuine or simply a made from Bateman’s mind's eye, and in the event that they are actual, is the society so excessive that now not even the crime issues and he's in a position to break out unpunished?
In this paper, this question and particularly what the murders are approximately to specific both means may be analyzed in view of social feedback. accordingly, firstly, American society within the Eighties should be defined to aid the reader higher comprehend the modern historic heritage to which the motion picture refers. accordingly, the amoral materialism in American client society pictured in American Psycho might be defined to elucidate the social conditions Bateman lives in. therefore, Bateman’s merciless activities could be analyzed and its fact content material should be mentioned to in a while finish that this sort of society isn't capable of satisfy his lifestyles and through the aid of violence Bateman desires to get away the conformity of America’s superficial society.

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