American Psycho Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the beginning of the novel, Tim Price is talking nonstop about the world, filling up the air with meaningless conversation.

Part 1: Why do you think Price felt the need to keep talking while riding in a taxi with Bateman?

Part 2: Do you think that you always need to talk in order to fill up quiet time in a conversation? Why or why not?

Part 3: How do you think you would behave when you were in a car with a person like Bateman? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The men seem to enjoy teasing homeless men with money and then not giving it to them. This happens frequently in the novel.

Part 1: Why do you think the men like to tease the homeless men with money?

Part 2: How do you think you would react if one of your friends did this? Why?

Part 3: How do you behave when...

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  • 1

    Is the violence illustrated in the novel misogynistic?

    In the novel, Bateman does kill equal numbers of men and women; however, in the description of the crimes it does seem as though the violence is often misogynistic. The violence towards women includes torture and rape. Whereas with the violence towards the men is less brutal and over a lot quicker.

  • 2

    How does the reader interpret the ending, and did the murders really happen?

    The ending is entirely ambigious and left open to the reader's interpretation. On the one hand, the entire novel can be seen as a mockery towards the upperclass, there is also the suggestion that Bateman is obviously mentally ill, schizophrenic and that he never killed anyone. The clues to this are the fact that Bateman has such a high profile and that the killings and disapperances are never noticed. There is also that he kills multiple police officers yet that is never noticed either. There is also a small suggestion that Bateman did kill all those people but the realtor at the apartment disposed of the bodies and didn't call the police because they were "yuppies" (which Bateman earlier replied to as "scum").

  • 3

    What significance does music mentioned in American Psycho?

    Bateman's favourite musicians and bands are mentioned in the novel, including Whitney Houston, Genesis, and Huey Lewis. It is debated that his love of music represents a deeper side to him, or that it just further mocks his obsessions. It is strange that Bateman shows so much love towards music and yet is a psychopath who feels no remorse, so it is odd that he shows emotion towards anything. Often, he goes into depth about music right before or after he commits a violent act, and thus further illustrates his insanity.

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