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By Lena Groß

Seminar paper from the 12 months 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 triggered an incredible scandal after its booklet in 2000 (Lee Brien). It covers the tale of the serial killer Patrick Bateman, who enjoys an outstanding attractiveness far and wide in long island. Bateman is a tender, athletic, good-looking, winning, and stereotypical Eighties yuppie, who you can see in magazines, journals, ads for Calvin Klein or Hugo Boss, and on Wall road. nevertheless, he murders, rapes, tortures, mutilates, and cannibalizes his sufferers, yet his merciless acts stay undetected. at the beginning sight, Patrick’s habit turns out very frustrating simply because he neither offers 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 yank society to which Bateman desires to belong “and into which his disease and inhumanity do truly ‘fit’” (Horsley 222).
Although loads of Bateman’s brutal activities are proven, on the finish of the motion picture the viewers involves query if most of these murders relatively occurred simply because a few inconsistencies in his tale develop into obvious e.g. Bateman outlines the homicide of a guy, who at this element was once no longer even on the town. as a result, the query is raised as to if 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 get away unpunished?
In this paper, this question and particularly what the murders are approximately to specific both manner might be analyzed in view of social feedback. hence, firstly, American society within the Eighties could be defined to assist the reader higher comprehend the modern historic historical past to which the motion picture refers. for this reason, the amoral materialism in American customer society pictured in American Psycho could be defined to elucidate the social situations Bateman lives in. as a result, Bateman’s merciless activities could be analyzed and its fact content material might be mentioned to afterward finish that this sort of society isn't capable of satisfy his existence and by way of assistance from violence Bateman desires to break out the conformity of America’s superficial society.

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