American Psycho Critical Essay
Later in the novel Ellis changes the narrative from first to third in a chapter long sentence.
…Racing blindly down Greenwich I lose control entirely, the cab swerves into a Korean deli, next to a karaoke restaurant called Lotus Blossom I’ve been to with the Japanese clients, the cab rolling over fruit stands, smashing through a wall of glass, the body of a cashier thudding across the hood, Patrick tries to put the cab in reverse but nothing happens, he staggers out of the cab, leaning against it…
is about the dangers of consumerism, the depiction of mental illness, and the evils of privileged individuals.
The narrator and protagonist, Patrick Bateman, is an investment banker in New York City during the 1980s.
However, Bateman puts emphasis on the first half of his first name.
may be surface level, the novel’s true meanings can be analyzed through its use of alternate grammar.
These usages are primarily formatting and repetition.
In this final scene on page 398 Bateman and his friends are discussing their presumably new obsession, the Shepard account, while at their favorite establishment.
There are fourteen lines of dialogue with no reference to which character is speaking when. Because the reader does not know when Bateman is speaking, the reader cannot not identify who Bateman is in the scene and thus the reader is unaware of his feelings on the topic of discussion.