The story is set in new york amongst the 1980s wall street boom. Its an indictment of a society that values economic prosperity over any sort of. Sep 02, 2017 much like the book its based on, american psycho isnt really about patrick bateman. Sep 04, 2008 the ending of american psycho can be viewed one of two ways, both acknowledged by the author as potentially correct. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of american psycho by bret easton ellis. American psycho ending explained before we postulate the theories and work on them to possibly conclude which can be more accurate, we have to understand the sequence of events leading up to the climax scene. American psycho begins with the words at the entrance to dantes hell, scrawled in blood red lettering on the side of the chemical bank near the corner of eleventh and first.
Freeman and stars mila kunis as rachael newman, a driven criminology student who is drawn to murder. The reader is introduced to the novels narrator, patrick bateman, a 27yearold wall street investment banker. Jul 02, 2010 american psycho begins with the words at the entrance to dantes hell, scrawled in blood red lettering on the side of the chemical bank near the corner of eleventh and first. The ending of american psycho finally explained looper. The film is a pitchblack comedy of manners about male narcissism official site archived here david ansen critic. I thought it was kinda odd, since my theory isnt very. Rather, the film aims to portray the selfindulgent and hedonistic wall street elite. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading american psycho vintage contemporaries. The sign seen at the end of the book simply reads this is not an exit. American psycho vintage contemporaries kindle edition by ellis, bret easton. Can someone explain the end of the film you had all the drawings in the sketch book did that mean he dreamt it, another guy said he had dinner with one of the characters that was murdered.
She does, indeed, seem to care deeply for bateman, doting on him in the office and following whatever orders he may give her, whether it be a business task, making a reservation at a restaurant, or dressing or acting in a particular way when in his presence. American psycho by bret easton ellis books the guardian. Because bateman is a rich, white, wellmannered, educated young man with a. Abandon all hope ye who enter here is graffitied across the side of a bank in bloodred paint. American psycho 2 also known as american psycho ii. American psycho, vintage books, new york 1991, isbn 0679735771. American psycho presents a unique challenge for personality theories. As film adaptations of books go, the movie american psycho released in 2000 is fairly spoton. Aug 14, 2014 mary harrons american psycho is a searing satire of yuppie culture and the excess of the 1980s. Sean also appears briefly in his brothers novel, american psycho.
Earlier in the novel patrick and his other mergers and acquisitions friends go to a club in nyc called tunnel. The answer seems to be he imagined some of them, and not others ill try and explain my theory below. Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Examining the personality of patrick bateman of american. Patrick when we meet him is at a contradictory point in his life, he tells evelyn he wants to fit in yet tries to stand out in the crowd with. American psycho begins with a quote from dantes inferno. American psycho ending explained by its writers mary harron. American psycho critics consensus if it falls short of the deadly satire of bret easton elliss novel, american psycho still finds its own blend of horror and humor, thanks in part to a fittingly. The film also features william shatner as her professor. My pain is constant and sharp and i do not hope for a better world for anyone, in fact i want my pain to be inflicted on others. With christian bale, justin theroux, josh lucas, bill sage. The ending of american psycho finally explained youtube. Apr 17, 2015 american psycho screenwriter on patrick batemans legacy and that controversial ending. American psycho is often regarded as the first truly exceptional horror movie of the 21 st century.
Jean is patrick bateman s secretary, or, as he refers to her, my secretary who is in love with me. A friend of mine sent me an interesting article about american psycho that makes the case that patrick is a closeted gay man running around giving aids to everyone, the book being either a metaphorical story or just an unreliably told one. Examined is how psychoanalytic theory applies to this character. In the end, bateman seemingly kills dozens of police officers, something.
Sep 04, 2017 american psycho is often regarded as the first truly exceptional horror movie of the 21st century. Is patrick bateman in american psycho actually a serial killer, or is it in his head. The reader is introduced to the novels narrator, patrick bateman, a 27yearold wall street. Interestingly enough, in the corresponding scene in the novel, the. He represents an almost total lack of ego, a superego based on a deviant. American psycho, a novel by bret easton ellis, satirizes the apathy, narcissism. The book ends as it began, with bateman and his colleagues at a new club on a friday night, engaging in banal conversation. A male director might have thought patrick bateman, the hero of american psycho, was a serial killer because of psychological twists, but mary harron sees him as a guy whos prey to the usual male drives and compulsions.
Directed by mary harron and starring christian bale in a breakout performance, both american psycho and its main villain patrick. As his novel american psycho arrives in stores and death threats are delivered suggesting he should be dismembered like the victims of the book. American psycho 2000 frequently asked questions imdb. The ending of american psycho can be viewed one of two ways, both acknowledged by the author as potentially correct. The content of the movie created a good deal of controversy because of the explicit sex and violence scenes. While initially appearing straightforward, the film intentionally unravels at the end, making plenty of people wonder whether or not patrick batemans murders ever actually took place. American psycho is a 2000 satirical psychological horror film cowritten and directed by mary harron, based on bret easton elliss 1991 novel of the same name. Look closer at the deeper meaning and messages of american psychos ending. In many ways the text of american psycho is one mans ultimate series of selfies. The movie, american psycho, is taken from the book of the same name that is written by bret easton ellis. What camera, editing and design techniques does the big short use to humanize its characters.
To have the american psycho explained, one must know the plot first. It is therefore, entirely possible that within this version of reality all of these things happen and for whatever reason they do not have comparable. The movie dissects the 80s culture of materialism, narcissism and greed quoted here. All american girl is a 2002 american black comedy horror film and a standalone sequel to mary harrons 2000 film american psycho. American psycho is a film about a man who is unsure about his identity. The monster in psycho isnt a monster with big teeth and a distinct identity. Examining the personality of patrick bateman of american psycho. Beneath its very thin veneer of thematic posturing american psycho is pure trash, as scummy and mean as anything it depicts. American psycho is the story of patrick bateman, a rich, arrogant, twentysomething yuppie in 1980s new york, who also happens to be an insane serial killer. The main character and narrator, patrick bateman, is an investment banker with a dark secret.
Ellis book that its based on, the ending of mary harrons american psycho is. American psycho is a novel by bret easton ellis, published in 1991. It was really about what is going on with men now, in terms of surface narcissism. Hunter, american psycho is largely a critique of the shallow and vicious aspects of capitalism. It stars christian bale, willem dafoe, jared leto, josh lucas, chloe sevigny, samantha mathis, cara seymour, justin theroux, guinevere turner and reese witherspoon. Alison kelly of the observer notes that while some countries deem it so potentially disturbing that it can only be sold shrinkwrapped, critics rave about it and academics revel in its transgressive and postmodern.
Shes transformed a novel about blood lust into a movie about mens vanity. He is twentyseven and living his own american dream. American psycho screenwriter on patrick batemans legacy and that controversial ending. The narrative takes some rather sharp turns as it builds up to its conclusion, and in the end leaves.
Like the bret easton ellis novel that inspired it, the film leaves. Is it any wonder, then, that the movie version has raised lots of questions among people whove seen it. The novelists function is to keep a running tag on the progress of culture. Atm patrick bateman visits the atm to withdraw money but atm pops up the message, feed me the stray cat.
In elliss 1998 novel glamorama, both patrick bateman and christian bale the. A wealthy new york city investment banking executive, patrick bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his coworkers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. All i have in common with the uncontrollable and the insane, the vicious and the evil, all the mayhem i have caused and my utter indifference toward it i have now surpassed. Bateman doesnt hesitate to aim at the kitten but before he could shoot and feed it inside the atm, a grossed out old woman interrupts him. The character of jean in american psycho from litcharts the. American psycho study guide from litcharts the creators.
He wants desperately to fit in with the other yuppies, but also wants to be an intelligent freethinking individual. American psycho vintage contemporaries kindle edition. He is the quintessential citizen of consumer society who consumes the victims of his insanity. The story is told in the first person by patrick bateman, a serial killer and manhattan investment banker. Bret easton ellis is a very, very good writer and american psycho is a beautifully controlled, careful, important novel.
Ellis explained that the book was really about the dandification of the american male. The one line in american psycho that will completely. Ive been known to be both a picky reader and a finicky film critic, and even i think the movie version of bret easton ellis novel, published in 1991, is faithful to the text its based on. Its concluding 150 pages can only be described as repulsive, a bloodbath serving no purpose save that of morbidity, titillation and sensation. What i consider the ending of american psycho is the point in the film when our unlikely protagonists world starts falling apart, quite literally, and like in nolans inception, the highly fragile dream world that patrick bateman played by a devilishly feisty christian bale built begins collapsing. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Didnt really double check the source for this but that is what is stated for the book. Author bret ellis is firmly on the record as saying that he didnt think american psycho should be made into a movie, because as quoted in an interview with indie publisher creative loafing the medium of film demands answers which in his opinion makes the story less interesting.
Like the bret easton ellis book that its based on, the ending of mary harrons american psycho is rather ambiguous, and has been a source of debate amongst fans for a long time. American psycho screenwriter on patrick batemans legacy. The crazy lead character tries to explain that his confession was real, but the. Before you might begin to draw any ideas from the comparison i just made, i will begin to quickly expand upon that. If you want to have american psycho explained, knowing the ending will definitely be of great help. Mar 06, 1991 as his novel american psycho arrives in stores and death threats are delivered suggesting he should be dismembered like the victims of the book s fictional killer, bret easton ellis seems. Bateman, who relays the action of the novel, as well as his innermost thoughts. Rather, the film aims to portray the selfindulgent and hedonistic wall street elite of 1980s new york in a. Dec 28, 2016 its concluding 150 pages can only be described as repulsive, a bloodbath serving no purpose save that of morbidity, titillation and sensation.
Bateman murders people in broad daylight in front of people including a child at the central park zoo, gets pursued by a swat team i think he shoots down a helicopter in addition to blowing up police cars, and the souvenirs of his murders all mysteriously. Much like the book its based on, american psycho isnt really about patrick bateman. Its been awhile since i read the book or saw the movie. The film adaptation of the bret easton ellis novel american psycho was released in 2000, and has been confusing viewers ever since. Bret easton ellis answers critics of american psycho. Will someone please explain the end of american psycho to. But it could also refer to the state in which you cant tell one from the other. Bret easton ellis is known for featuring his characters across several different novels. This study guide consists of approximately 41 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of american psycho. Patrick bateman first appears briefly in elliss 1987 novel the rules of attraction, in which his brother, sean bateman, is a main character and narrator. American psycho is a novel that makes a statement about modern society.
American psycho, a novel by bret easton ellis, satirizes the apathy, narcissism, and emotional void of modern consumerist culture, through the metaphor of the psychopathic killer, patrick bateman, whom no one will believe is a killer, despite his repeated confessions. The world of american psycho is not our world, it exists within the novel and although there are similarities between our 1980s and the 1980s of patrick bateman, they are not synonymous. American psycho by bret easton ellis, signed abebooks. Bret easton ellis answers critics of american psycho the. Wikipedia states that the author deliberately left the reality of the murders open to interpretation. The note book that his secretary gone through is the only real part of him being expressed on paper. During the movie, ellis shows the entire yuppie culture was so focused upon themselves that they consistently call each other by incorrect names and no one seems to care. American psycho ist ein roman des usamerikanischen autors bret easton ellis. American psycho summary from litcharts the creators of. American psycho vintage contemporaries kindle edition by. I used to think it was all in his head but after reading the book twice and seeing the film a few times i still cant make up my mind but probably would lean toward the reasoning that he did do these crimes and people. The one line in american psycho that will completely change. Find all the books, read about the author, and more.
What sounds like a bizarre theory actually seems to have a lot of foundation, and explains some very. Eventually his internal conflict becomes so troubling that he finds catharsis by murdering people. Bret easton ellis 1991 novel american psycho takes place in manhattan. Psycho, then, doesnt refer to one person or the other. Mary harrons american psycho is a searing satire of yuppie culture and the excess of the 1980s. The american psycho ending has confounded viewers of the film for 20 years. Which begs the question why is he constantly referred to as a serial killer by editors and book.
Patrick bateman of brett easton ellis american psycho presents a unique challenge for personality theories. Patrick bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. Bret easton elliss american psycho critics savaged the book when it first came out in 1991 but they didnt appreciate that serial killer patrick bateman is one of the. Jul 21, 2012 the world of american psycho is not our world, it exists within the novel and although there are similarities between our 1980s and the 1980s of patrick bateman, they are not synonymous.1440 1175 196 885 214 565 1199 595 467 1519 381 1183 58 1535 225 392 1161 882 539 353 1421 412 328 1003 33 69 547 929 167 387 1464