Silence of the Lambs
- Among our many texts, In a Lonely Place and Silence of the Lambs stand out because they bring readers very close to the mind of a serial killer, Dix Steele in the first and Hannibal Lecter in the second. Most of the other texts use narrative point of view to enforce our identification with the amateur or private detective who is trying to solve the case. Examine your response as a reader to this quality of closeness. Are these two texts similar in the way they bring us close to the criminal mind or do the methods of Dorothy B. Hughes and Thomas Harris differ in important ways?