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Kill me again! Violence, Society and Serial Killers in Motion Pictures
2000 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The subject of this essay is to analyze the fictional serial killer and relate him/her to the real world in order to find some common ground. A short overview of the media and its recurrent use of violence as entertainment will show people’s natural thirst for this kind of thing, thus – in a way – creating the need for the serial killers. The purpose of this study is to explore how a serial killer is forged and give some form of insight into the mind of these people. The base for my theories is the psychoanalytic work of Carl G. Jung, especially his thoughts about the collective unconscious and all the archetypes that dwell within that part of our mind. For this analysis I have chosen the serial killers appearing in The Ugly (Simon Cartwright), Psycho and its sequels (Norman Bates), Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (Henry), and Single White Female (Ellen Besch). Similarities and differences between these people will be discussed as well as how they might be perceived as comparable with the serial killers on the other side of the screen. The analysis will show that much of the serial killer’s psyche is rooted in his childhood, in which a traumatic experience or feelings of abandonment often exists. Through a Jungian perspective they are orphans that commit these brutal acts of violence because of their need to return to a state of both mental and physical happiness that they believed existed in a prior state in their lives.

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2000. , p. 33
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-49665Local ID: FIV C-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-49665DiVA, id: diva2:1099287
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Film Studies
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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