The Silence of the Lambs

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Good vs. Evil, Detective vs. Criminal.

Everyday man is weighed down with the matter of whether to do good or to do evil. Even though society constantly persuades us to be moral, nevertheless, evil still lurks. In the movie “The Silence of the Lambs” directed by Jonathan Demme, Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Jame Gumb play the role of evil. Where there is evil, there is good therefore, Clarice Starling and Jack Crawford play the role of good. Society typically teaches us that good always defeats evil. In this movie, through the criminals, the good and evil becoming allies, and the rescue of the innocent shows how justice is restored.

The usual way of deciphering crimes is done in such a way that the protagonist finds and catches his archenemy. This movie utilizes Dr. Lecter, the serial killer, to help catch Jame Gumb. The characters behavior in this film just goes to show you how deeply complex humans can be. A surprising fact about the characters is actually that, Jack Crawford has the initials of J.C. that stands for Jesus Christ and Hannibal Lecter has initials of H.L. which when you say out loud, it in fact sounds like “hell”. Within these two interesting characters, comes in the detective figure, Clarice. Jack Crawford is taking in Clarice Starling to assist with

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the Jame Gumb case. The “Buffalo Bill” case is a very interesting and a complex serial murder investigation. That is how Starling and Lecter’s paths cross as Jack Crawford asks Clarice to interview a sentenced psychopath known as Hannibal Lecter. Although Hannibal is seen as being “insane” throughout the film, he still has amazing intellect. Jack Crawford assumes that Clarice may be able to connect with Lecter and may get his aid. The reason why Clarice is brought in, is because a convicted killer clearly would not want to help out. We are able to figure out that Hannibal Lecter loves the human psyche, and Crawford is very well aware of this. Lecter was given an amazing endowment of being able to comprehend people very well. Just by asking concise questions, he can explore everything through the person’s response.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter is the type of person that either has a high opinion of someone or loathes the person. For example, in the start of the movie, Dr. Hannibal Lecter shows respect to one of the orderlies, Barney. He says “If you upset me, you’ll have to stay bundled up until I feel better toward you. Meals through the tube, dignity pants changed twice a day. And I’ll hold your mail for a week. Got it?” and Dr. Hannibal Lecter replies “Certainly, Barney.” If he does dislike someone in particular, he would feel nothing of killing him in a very horrible manner. The evidence of this comes from the fact that he killed a nurse

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while he faking chest pain. Nevertheless, Lecter is the type of man that becomes your well wisher if he feels that you are intelligent person. Dr. Lecter sees a good solid woman in Clarice. From the jiffy Clarice walked into Lecter’s cell, it seemed, as he liked her. He may have liked her for many reasons but by going through the film, it may have a selfish purpose to it since he knew he could somehow use her for something in return. What Hannibal Lector cleverly did was that for every piece of information he shared about Jame Gumb, Clarice had to reveal one detail about her past. Thus, while Dr. Lecter was helping Clarice get closer to Jame Gumb, he was also creating his own path into her consciousness. Surprisingly enough, on the other hand, Clarice may be doing the same to him. In spite of that, as cold as Dr. Lecter can be, there is still a part of him that craves to be recognized as a human being, and it is potentially this aspect which draws him to Clarice. He respects her intelligence, and is essentially intrigued by her ambition and femininity. Through the unraveling about Clarice’s past life, Hannibal Lector is in fact moved by her bitter reminiscences of her past life and...
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