Words and Representations of Violence in the Book “American Psycho”


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Essay #: 063615
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Words and Representations of Violence in the Book "American Psycho"
Nancy Armstrong and Leonard Tennenhouse argue that “the words we use to represent the subjects and objects of violence are part and parcel of events themselves.” This can be interpreted as the words that humanity uses- or language in any form- are not just representations and depictions, but are part of what they foretell. If words are full of love, the represent and perpetuate love. If words are violent, they represent and perpetuate violence. In Bret Easton Ellis’ seminal text American Psycho, they style of the book and it’s overall tone is absolutely a part of the book’s spirit and how it is interpreted. The way that the story of American Psycho is told is just as...
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.....s of the inner monologue.
-In the book, the inner monologue of Patrick Bateman is far more intricate, and much of the conclusions aren’t stated outright about the nature of Bateman’s character.
-The example is in the end of the film, there is an inner monologue about the possibility o people not believing him and him not getting caught. At the end of the book, he has things in his vision (like the No exit sign) that he witnesses though no concrete thoughts about them occur.
The film doesn’t follow the structure of the book
-For filmic purposes, the structure is rearranged in the book and the film as to show escalating violence that is okay for wider audiences, but also showcases benchmark scenes like the dirty linens or killing the doorman.