Author: Sorin Floti

Narcissism and Criminality on Wall Street: the Sociology of ‘American Psycho’

Director Mary Harron depicts an extraordinary criminal in American Psycho (2000). He is good-looking, charming, smart, delusional, sadistic, and a cannibal. Difficult as it may be to trace the genuine pathology of Patrick Bateman, who, in his own words, killed “20 people, maybe 40”, there are several strikingly exacerbated personality traits in the film that can be regarded as the immediate explanations for his murders. Chief among these is narcissism, as Bateman displays excessive and erotic interest in his own body. Moreover, belonging to a society that values appearance above all else, the tension between the two facets of...

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Four Alpha Males: A Different Take on Masculinity in Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Dictionary definitions of masculinity circle around having qualities or appearances traditionally associated with men, especially strength and aggressiveness. However, when it is applied to the male characters in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice this definition appears insufficient, or at least somewhat wide of the mark in understanding the actions of the novel’s male characters. Jane Austen places heavy emphasis on gender roles, but in her novels masculinity is defined by the relationship between men and women; the author avoids defining masculinity as the opposite of femininity. Taking masculinity to mean the ability to attract women into marriage, regardless of...

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