The Montreal Massacre - Assignment
! What motivates a person to shoot 27 women, killing 14 of them, before turning the gun onto themselves? Could it be their culture, their personality, or the groups they are involved with? Just after 5pm on Wednesday, December 6, 1989, Marc Lepine disturbingly shot and killed many women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, before killing himself. Lepine purposely ordered the men out of the classroom, giving him a clear shot of the women. He claimed that, “They were the type of people that ruined his life.” Lepine was known to be a loner, with few close friends as well as domineering with women. Different social scientist such as Anthropologists, Sociologists and Psychologists will interpret Lepineʼs motives differently and each claim that they have the answer to the question everyone is asking, “Why did Lepine do what he did?” I believe that a psychologist has the best reasoning for Lepineʼs behavior. ! One in ﬁve women have been or will be sexually abused and one in four have been or will be physically abused. From an anthropological perspective, the culture that Marc Lepine grew up in plays a signiﬁcant role in ﬁnding out the reasons behind what he did. Growing up, Lepine was always domineering with women and had difﬁculty establishing close relationships with them. These factors in Lepineʼs life inﬂuence his actions in 1989 when he killed many women in the school. Lepineʼs inability to establish relationships with women caused him to feel frustrated. Clearly, Lepine did not know what to do with his frustration, so he dealt with it the only way he knew possible. Another explanation for Marc Lepineʼs behavior is the media. In our culture, the media plays a very important role in our lives and inﬂuences the decisions that humans make. Movies tend to glamorize violence towards women and advertisements regularly use women as sex objects to sell things. This cruelty to women is seen everywhere we go, and it causes humans to think...
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