Bateman would probably be held up as an archetypal model of American success, were it not for the fact of him being a murdering psychopath. The book directly compares the power-longing, money-grubbing tendencies of the American WASPish elite to mental dysfunction.
His first draft of American Psycho left all the grisly scenes until last, to be added in later. Inin conversation with Jeff Baker, Ellis commented: He did not come out of me sitting down and wanting to write a grand sweeping indictment of yuppie culture. It initiated because of my own isolation and alienation at a point in my life.
I was living like Patrick Bateman. I was slipping into a consumerist kind of void that was supposed to give me confidence and make me feel good about myself but just made me feel worse and worse and worse about myself. That is where the tension of American Psycho came from.
Bateman, in his mids when the story begins, narrates his everyday activities, from his recreational life among the Wall Street elite of New York to his forays into murder by night. The novel maintains a high level of ambiguity through mistaken identity and contradictions that introduce the possibility that Bateman is an unreliable narrator.
Characters are consistently introduced as people other than themselves, and people argue over the identities of others they can see in restaurants or at parties.
Deeply concerned with his personal appearanceBateman gives extensive descriptions of his daily beauty regimen. The question of whether any of the crimes depicted in the novel actually happened or whether they were simply the fantasies of a delusional psychotic is only perpetuated further by the cinematic adaptation.
His murders become increasingly sadistic and complex, progressing from simple stabbings to drawn-out sequences of rapetorturemutilationcannibalismand necrophiliaand his grasp on sanity begins to slip.
He introduces stories about serial killers into casual conversations and on several occasions openly confesses his murderous activities to his coworkers, who never take him seriously, do not hear what he says, or misunderstand him completely—for example, hearing the words "murders and executions" as "mergers and acquisitions.
This narrative episode sees the first-person perspective shift to third-person and the subsequent events are, although not for the first time in the novel, described in terms pertaining to cinematic portrayal.
Bateman flees on foot and hides in his office, where he phones his attorney, Harold Carnes, and confesses all his crimes to the answering machine. He enters the perfectly clean, refurbished apartment, however, filled with strong-smelling flowers meant, perhaps, to conceal a bad odor.
The real estate agent, who sees his surgical mask, fools him into stating he was attending the apartment viewing because he saw an "ad in the Times " when there was no such advertisement.
She tells him to leave and never return. At the end of the story, Bateman confronts Carnes about the message he left on his machine, only to find the attorney amused at what he considers a hilarious joke. Mistaking Bateman for another colleague, Carnes claims that the Patrick Bateman he knows is too much of a coward to have committed such acts.
In the dialogue-laden climax, Carnes stands up to a defiant Bateman and tells him his claim of having murdered Owen is impossible, because he had dinner with him twice in London just a few days prior.
The book ends as it began, with Bateman and his colleagues at a new club on a Friday night, engaging in banal conversation. The sign seen at the end of the book simply reads "This is not an exit.
Hunter, American Psycho is largely a critique of the "shallow and vicious aspects of capitalism ". This leads Patrick Bateman to act as if "everything is a commodityincluding people",  an attitude that is further evident in the rampant objectification and brutalization of women that occurs in the novel.
This, combined with sex, violence, drugs, and other desires of the idis how Bateman enacts his sociopathic violence in a superficial world.Introduction to Psychoanalysis or Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (German: Vorlesungen zur Einführung in die Psychoanalyse) is a set of lectures given by Sigmund Freud in (published ), which became the most popular and widely translated of his works.
Introduction Bret Easton Ellis is a modern, transgressive period author, having most of his works spread from the late s to the mid s. Probably his best and most critically acclaimed work would be that of American Psycho. American Psycho is a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, published in The story is told in the first person by Patrick Bateman, a serial killer and Manhattan businessman.
American Psycho is a satirical novel written by Bret Easton Ellis and published in It is an unreliable first person narrative, in the present tense, given by the main character, Patrick Bateman, who is a yuppie living in s New York City.
Like the Bret Easton Ellis book that it's based on, the ending of Mary Harron's American Psycho is rather ambiguous, and has been a source of debate amongst fans for a long time. Welcome to the LitCharts study guide on Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho.
Created by the original team behind SparkNotes, LitCharts are the world's best literature guides. The novel takes place in New York City in the late s, on the tail end of the Wall Street boom of the decade.
It is late.