The Silence of the Lambs is a great book that is based on the theme of power. The reasons why I appreciate this book is the following: the witty ways the author starts his chapters, the mind games, and at last the original topics.
Something you do not see a lot in novels is a point of view based on the first name that pops up at the beginning of a chapter. Thomas Harris would start every chapter with “Clarice” or “Hannibal” indicating to his audience through who’s eyes we would be reading the following chapter. It gives various opinions to the audience that they would not have got through the eyes of only one character.
In addition, a lot of mind games are being done in the book. By mind games I mean how every character has a plan and a goal in their head that they are trying to execute. Hannibal manipulates everyone because he wants to be free. Clarice will investigate by herself to try and get the recognition she thinks she deserves. Jack Crawford wants to catch Buffalo Bill in any means necessary, which is why he got Clarice to talk to Hannibal. They all use and manipulate each other to get what they want, which I find very interesting because it cannot be easy for an author to find ways to use all the characters in that way.
At last, cannibalism is an original topic which is common in gothic literature, but Thomas Harris uses it throughout the whole book and makes it the central topic. His originality is amazing and one of which you would not see in every typical thriller novels.
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