Mind of a Psychopath
Giles Blunt is a Canadian novelist born in Windsor, Ontario. Giles Blunt focuses his novels on psychological thrillers, which is a person suffering from a chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behaviour (dictionary.com). He is the author of the John Cardinal novels which include Forty Words for Sorrow and the Delicate Storm. This mystery series refers to detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme who investigate the murders that have been committed in the small town of Algonquin Bay. Giles Blunt writes his novels to engage the reader’s attention by giving his scandalous characters a psychotic profile. This essay will prove that Giles Blunt incorporates psychotic behavior as a theme in the way his characters are presented in his mystery novels Forty Words for Sorrow and the Delicate Storm. This will be proven through poor behavioral controls, impulsivity, lack of empathy, manipulative behavior, and the lack of remorse or guilt by which the characters act upon.
The theory of behavioral control is linked between attitudes and behaviors. Forty Words for Sorrow and the Delicate Storm demonstrate characters that have poor behavioral control. The novel Forty Words for Sorrow’s character Ian Macleod is known as a “good investigator, yes, but even on his best days McLeod was a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed hard ass” (59). Macleod possesses the characteristic of having poor behavioral control because he takes words of encouragement and gives them a deconstructive meaning. His attitude towards others is irate, which is a symptom leading to a psychotic breakdown. John Cardinal informs Macleod of his unprofessional manner by explaining to him that he is “getting paranoid in his old age” (60).
Giles Blunt incorporates the poor behavioral control in both novels, by ensuring that a character has a behavioral deficiency. These characters show signs of psychotic behavior, because they are unable to manage their actions, therefore...
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