American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

By Bret Easton Ellis

The debatable novel a few good-looking serial killer who strikes one of the younger and classy in Eighties manhattan.

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Just as Socrates is said to have brought philosophy down to earth from heaven, so the Syrian claims to have taught Dialogue how to walk on the ground like a human being. He has shifted his gaze from Plato's ideas to what lies at his feet. What is more, he gave the old man a bath, taught him to smile, and, with Comedy's help, even found him a willing audience. If Dialogue is unhappy, it is because he can no longer "scratch where it itches": endless refutations and metaphysical speculations are supplanted by a comic logic.

While these dialogues provide the most significant general reflections of Lucian on his own generic orientation as a writer, the prologues (prolaliai) explore the defining features of some of his principal literary strategies and the puzzles they posed for contemporary audiences. These texts give further credence to the approach outlined so far, with some interesting complications. T H E R H E T O R I C OF L A U G H T E R Hippocentaurs and Hippocamps In a well-known passage of the Rhetoric, Aristotle observes that the most essential function of a prologue is to formulate the telos (end or function) of the discourse that follows (1415322-24).

And it is, of course, its typicality that makes poetry more serious than history in Aristotle's view. The distinction between a tendentious comic mode targeted on individuals (psogos) and one more typical in its subject and less direct in its aims (to geloion) persists throughout ancient discussions of jokes and comedy. This distinction shows that even within the framework of Aristotle's discussion the way is prepared for according the value of the serious arts to some forms of comic literature.

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