American Psycho Essay Research Paper Entrails torn

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American Psycho Essay, Research Paper Entrails torn from the body with bare hands, eyes gouged out with razor blades, battery cables, rats borrowing inside the human body, power drills to the face, cannibalism, credit cards, business cards, Dorsia, Testoni, Armani, Wall Street; all of these things are Patrick Bateman s world. The only difference between Bateman and anybody else is what is repulsive to Bateman and what is repulsive to the rest of the world. Bateman has great interest in the upper class life, fashions, and social existence, but at the same time he is, at times, sickened by the constant struggle to be one up on everybody else. On the other hand Bateman s nightlife reveals a side of him never seen during the day. Bateman is relaxed, impulsive, and confident while

torturing and killing. He doesn t have to worry about being better than anyone else. The only competition he has is his last victim. Torture and murder are the two true loves of Patrick Bateman. From the beginning of the novel the reader is introduced to an almost mind numbing amount of details of Bateman s social life, wardrobe, cosmetic products, etc. The reader is almost frustrated with the overabundance of details. Why is it important to know what kind of hair gel Bateman used on Tuesday before an important meeting with his friends? What s the point of numerous chapters of extreme analysis of Genesis, Whitney Houston, etc? Bateman s obsessions are extremely complex but at the same time he doesn t limit himself to one area of obsession. Bateman s knowledge of fashion is truly

amazing, but what about his knowledge of weapons. His knowledge of pain is a true genius in itself, but how many people can spit out specifications on the frequency responses of various brands of stereo receivers and speaker systems like Bateman? The point can be made that Bateman is simply trying to be better than everyone else, have more stuff, look better, and out do his rival workers, but that s too simple. Bateman is obsessed with perfection. But why? Boredom, lack of a personality, and pursuit of happiness all come to mind. It s hard to tell what exactly would make a person with so much so unhappy. Boredom does play a role in Bateman s demented world, and so does lack of personality. It can certainly be said that Bateman is simply looking for happiness. I think Bateman does

somewhat satisfy his boredom, and does make himself feel happy at times, but he is repulsed by the constant battle to find something new or better. This is the novels great contrast for the reader. Bateman is in a way sickened by the everyday all-American life he leads, while the reader is sickened by the flip side of Patrick Bateman. From the beginning of the novel Bateman seems content with his life style. He seems perfectly happy with the daily lunch tickets at Nell s, the Yale Club, etc. He seems fascinated and absorbed with the details of peoples wardrobes, especially his own. But if you sift through all the talk of food, cocktails, and hardbodies, the reader will find a subtle boredom or frustration even early in the novel. While waiting on food at a table at Nell s,

Bateman is momentarily diverted from the conversation by one of his thoughts of sex or violence that seem to escalate in frequency throughout the novel. I think about Courtney s legs, spread and wrapped around my face, and when I look over at Luis in one brief flashing moment his head looks like a talking vagina and it scares the bejesus out of me, moves me to say something while mopping the sweat off my brow. (108) These thoughts seem to come to Bateman most frequently at these types of situations. Wealthy friends, wealthy strangers, and a wealthy environment surround him. Either consciously or subconsciously Bateman s mind diverts itself from the monotonous world that Bateman grows to loathe, to a world that Bateman loves. Although the thoughts occur the most often in