compares evils in Silence of the Lambs by Harris

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The Battle Between Two Evils

In the novel, Silence of the Lambs, we see two different extremes of

evil. Dr. Chilton is evil in one respect, while Dr. Hannibal Lecter is evil in

his own unique way. Dr. Chilton is the man with bad morals and feels the

need to control people. He manipulates people into thinking and acting the

way he wants them to. Basically he is the type of guy who takes advantage

of his job position, who thinks of himself before others and only acts in ways

that will benefit himself. Dr. Hannibal Lector, unlike Dr. Chilton, is unable to

control his evil even if he wanted to. Dr. Lector is insane and feels the need

to kill people just because he thinks they are boring and from his point of

view, they do not seem suitable to be human beings. He understands the

things he does are evil, but they do not phase him since he is insane.

There is

no question, Dr. Lecter is a truly evil man, but Dr. Chilton is the worse of the


Dr. Chilton must morally change and take responsibility for himself.

Dr. Lector is not able to take control of his evil because of the way his

distorted mind thinks. Although his mind is distorted, it is still a very

powerful mind which he uses to see into the minds of others. He gets into

their heads and plays with their minds, internally torturing them. He is a sick

man and needs therapy and constant care in a hospital because he is too sick

to help himself. On the other hand, Dr. Chilton is capable of changing, if only

he could realize his evil ways. He is blinded by his own power and greed

which he obtained...