a. The class agreed that Dr. Lecter enjoys giving Clarice little pieces of information in order to keep himself smarter and hold an advantage over Clarice and all the other FBI agents. As long as Lecter knows more than what he shares with Clarice it will keep Clarice coming back for more and more information. Each visit allows Lecter to further showcase his ego and smarts.
2. At the end of chapter 23, Catherine Baker Martin’s memory comes back and she realizes that she has been kidnapped by Buffalo Bill. Do you think there is anything else that she can do to ensure her safety? How and/or what would you do if you were in her situation?
a. Collectively, the class agreed that there Catherine can do nothing more to ensure her safety. More than once Catherine has tried to persuade and bargain with Buffalo Bill, however, none of this ends up working. Later on in the novel we find that Catherine is able to lure Precious (Buffalo Bill’s dog) into the well with a chicken bone and even after threatening to harm Precious Buffalo Bill refuses to let Catherine go (this evidence agrees with the classes opinion). According to one classmate if she were in Catherine’s situation she would hope that she knew more about Buffalo Bill so that she would be smart enough to know he is skinning the young women so she could harm her skin so that Buffalo Bill would no longer have a use for her skin.
3. While Chilton is negotiating with Hann...
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...o take Jack Crawford’s advice when confronting Lecter. In fact, Senator Martin assures Crawford that Hannibal “promised he’ll name Buffalo Bill in exchange for privileges” (p. 198). Why does Senator Martin have such faith in a convicted murderer?
a. Once again the whole class was in agreement that the reason Martin was so positive Lecter would tell her the truth because she is a mother who was fighting to keep her baby alive. It is common knowledge that a maternal instinct is a force to be reckoned with, and Thomas Harris gives the reader a prime example that agrees with this cliché. Senator Martin was not going to let anyone, not even a FBI agent with previous experience with Lecter, get in her way of finding her child. Unfortunately for Senator Martin, Lecter gives her a “made up name” and uses his new privileges to escape. (Good use of foreshadowing Mr. Harris!)
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