Saturday, September 5, 2009

Manhunter analysis - part 7: Will's visit with Lecktor, and the events surrounding it

CATEGORY: MOVIES     [Hidden plot related]

Graham meets with Lecktor.

We left off part 5 of the analysis with Graham and Crawford's meeting with the Atlanta police. After this meeting, Graham, who is walking outside the police building with Crawford, has a brief confrontation with National Tattler reporter Freddy Lounds. After this, Graham and Crawford have a conversation during which Crawford says, "maybe you do know something about him", and Will responds, "not enough." The 'him' being referred to is ostensibly the Tooth Fairy, but metaphorically, it is Graham himself - he is saying that he does not know enough about himself yet; he has not yet resolved the psychical issue of whether he is the healthy Will Graham, or if he is the deadly killer whose thoughts are going around in his head. These thoughts in Will's head are due to his previous violent confrontation with Hannibal Lecktor, which resulted in Lecktor's capture and imprisonement. Will says that he will be going to visit Lecktor "to recover the mindset", that is, to get in the proper frame of mind for getting inside the Tooth Fairy's head, to help the FBI apprehend him.

In the next scene, as Will's visit with Lecktor begins, Will tells Lecktor he needs his help. The surface meaning here is, of course, that he needs Lecktor's help to get information that will help the FBI apprehend the Tooth Fairy; but underneath this lies the idea that Will needs the Doctor's help to resolve the dilemma within his own psyche, that is, whether or not he himself is a killer. Effectively, the doctor begins a psychoanalysis of Will here; or more properly, he initiates Will's own self-analysis. It is the tension within Will's unconscious over whether or not he is a killer, that Lecktor is going to try and take advantage of, to try and push him toward a 'solution' which will enable him as a killer in reality.

After the intense and frustrating meeting with Lecktor is over, Will hurries out of Lecktor's cell area; the subsequent sequence of events is detailed below.

Top left and right: Will Graham runs down and out of the Baltimore prison building in a frantic manner, after his visit with Hannibal Lecktor. Above left and right: Once Will has been standing outside for a few moments and has calmed down, Freddy Lounds, sitting in his car at a distance, discretely snaps a few pictures of Will. Below left and right: Following this, an article about Will's seeking help from Lecktor, accompanied by a photo of Will, ends up on the cover of The National Tattler.


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