The Silence of the Lambs Topics for Discussion

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In Chapter 3, Lecter paints an unflattering portrait of Starling's life. Later, she admits that some aspects of this portrait are accurate. From your point of view, how much of what Lecter said was true, or contains some truth?

Lecter often seems to be fishing for a particular reaction when he asks personal questions. What reaction does he seek, and why?

Explain how the psychological concept of the imago parallels the physical changes of a moth. How does this relate to Jame Gumb?

Describe how Starling's awareness of her personal bias helps her solve the crime.

Discuss how de-personifying and objectifying women relates to violence against women, using examples from the story.

Give three ways in which Starling's gender is an asset to the investigation.

Does Starling's gender, at any point in the investigation, become a liability? Explain your answer using specific details from the story.

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