Movie Analysis of "The Silence of the Lambs"


Psychology 101


Ticket # 8729


6/5/04


"The Silence of the Lambs" has a story of a young FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned to help find a missing woman to save her from a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims. Clarice attempts to gain a profile of a serial killer by talking to another psychopath Hannibal Lecter. FBI agent Jack Crawford believes that Lecter have the answers to their questions to help locate the killer. Clarice must first try and gain Lecter\'s confidence before he is to give away any information. I chose Clarice Starling to analysis because of her personality.


Clarice Starling is a Special Agent and she is a very self-control woman. She is also the focus of "The Silence of the Lambs" as we see how a woman lives in a man\'s world. There are some example such as when Clarice enters an elevator of tall, imposing men. At the mortuary where a victim of Buffalo Bill is being showed, Crawford tells the sheriff that some images of the sex crime should not be discussed in front of Clarice. But she maintains her cool and says there is no matter who gets in her way. Her character does not change through the story.


She has survived a childhood of poor and abandonment because her mother died when she was a child, and her father was killed in the line of duty. As growing up, she might have an internal life and experienced many mentally problems.


Starling draws the attention away from her sex appeal. She is a physically and mentally strong woman. Her character aslo need to be an unconquerable woman because she is doing a man\'s job which is FBI agent. The opening scene is key to the way in which this works. She is seen running in sweats, completing an obstacle course as part of her training. The scene could be understood of a typical male centered war movie, but instead, her strong, stubborn presence changes the way she appears for the rest of the film. In the film, a scene illustrates her position perfectly, as she gets into an elevator at the training school, one tiny woman surrounded by huge guys surrounded her and glancing down at her, amused by her presence. In sort, Starling is an intelligent and brave woman.


Starling must unfortunately endure many such difficulties because she works in the male dominated institution of the FBI. As an attractive woman, she receives curious looks from nearly every male in the house. Starling expresses her strong personality and stands up for herself. For instance, in addition to having to face Lecter\'s mind-games and the dangers related with Buffalo Bill, she must deal with the sexual problem of being a woman in a man\'s world. Although Lecter\'s character is a cold person, he still respects her intelligence.


Although Starling is especially a beautiful woman, she is without a sex life or sign of romantic relations.


In conclusion, I\'ve learned that character is important to our relationship with other people. If you are a person who is reliable and responsible, you will be respected by those with whom you deal.