Psychological Analysis Of Thomas Shelley's 'Red Dragon'

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Serial killing is a kind of macabre art perfected by psychopaths, who are either on a pleasure trip or a trial of revenge, who kills at least three victims one by one in a series of sequential murders, with a form of psychological gratification as the primary motive. There is a deep connection between the actions and the psychology of a serial killer. Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon (1981) is a crime thriller and features a serial killer whose cleft lip is the primary factor motivating his murderous behaviour. With particular attention to the image of the mirror, this assignment is concerned with offering a psychoanalytic reading of the novel, through the Lacanian concept of the mirror stage. It also aims to analyse the reasons and motives of the serial killer Francis Dolarhyde in the light of psychological theories like psychoanalysis and behavioural theory.
Francis Dolarhyde is a fictional character in Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon. He is a serial killer who murders entire families by shooting them in their beds. He is nicknamed “The Tooth Fairy” due to the nocturnal nature of his crimes, his tendency to bite his victims’ bodies, the uncommon size and sharpness of his teeth and other apparent oral fixations. He kills at the behest of an alternate personality; he refers to his other self as “The Great Red Dragon” after William Blake’s painting The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun. He believes that killing people - or “changing” them, as he calls it - allows him to

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