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Brenda Mankins
PSY 230

Hannibal Lector: The Person Within

The character I have chosen is Hannibal Lector for the reason the films that his character plays in is my favorite.   Hannibal Lectors character portrays a highly educated, well-spoken and sophisticated doctor with a dark side. The character, Hannibal Lector was created by Thomas Harris that began with the first novel “Red Dragon” (1981) and ended with “Hannibal Rising”.
(2007)      
        In the movie “Hannibal Rising” (2007), is where his personality was formed and the young age of eight.   Young Hannibal had not only witnessed both parent’s death, but also the murder and cannibalism of his younger sister, “Mishka” by Russian looters.   He is later rescued and turned over to an orphanage, to which he later ran away from.   When he grew up he attended medical school and this is where he plotted out revenge against those responsible for his little sister’s murder.        
I believe that four out of the five personality traits could apply to Hannibal Lector in one way or another; openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, and agreeableness.
      The way the character methodically planned each crime shows that he thought each step out carefully and was well prepared for anything that might come along.   For example, in the film “Hannibal Rising” (2007), the way that he carefully planned the tortures and murders of each individual that was involved in his sister’s death shows that he paid careful attention to each detail.   This kind of planning would take time and patience.

      I believe Openness to Experience would be one of his traits for the fact that the character did have a very vivid imagination, which showed in the way he committed his crimes.   Hannibal Lector enjoyed fine arts and appreciated beautiful things, for example in the film “Silence of the Lambs” (1991), while he was in the mental hospital, he has many sketches and drawings in his cell, as...