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  1. coreylniles
    September 25, 2018 @ 2:54 am

    Will Graham is such a fascinating character because he is simultaneously fighting against these psychopaths, but he is also fighting against the part of himself that actually understands them. You said it perfectly, the empathy that makes him such a skillful profiler is also his greatest weakness because he can feel what these psychopaths cannot.

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  2. ggaluschak68
    September 28, 2018 @ 11:09 pm

    Great review! I’ve never watched Hannibal; I’ve been putting it off. Unfortunately, even though I love horror I’m also squeamish, which is a wonderful combination.

    I do think Dolarhyde does have a sliver of empathy. One of the reasons he relates so well to Reba is that he doesn’t pity her or treat her like she’s damaged goods or made out of glass. One of the high points of the book is when he takes her to see the tiger.

    I would argue that the character in Red Dragon who possesses no empathy whatsoever is Jack Crawford. As a bureaucrat, empathy is a positive hindrance to his job!

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