Psychopathy In Gone Girl

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The topic that I have chosen for my major project is psychopathy. The works that I will be studying are the novel, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and the television show, Bates Motel. Psychopathy became my choice of focus for this project because I developed interest in psychology at quite a young age. I have always possessed a natural habit of observing minor changes in other people’s actions, behaviour, and body language. In addition, I have always been deeply in touch with my own emotions and the emotions of people around me. Even before I knew the meaning of the word “psychology”, I was curious to understand how the human brain works. In fact, my fascination with psychology has grown so much that I have decided to study it after high school. …show more content…
The story begins with,
[…] Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. […] Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. (Flynn, Book cover)
I know that the story of Gone Girl relates to the topic of psychopathy. By researching about the novel, I discovered that a professional psychiatrist was interviewed about the character of Amy. He stated that, ‘“Amy clearly falls under the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder, which is the one that we would most associate with what we think of as a psychopath,’” (Kim). Another source informed me that, “Amy does several things throughout the novel to characterize her as a psychopath. First of all, she frames her husband for murder and fakes her own disappearance […] she kills another man and manipulates him, and disregards her family’s feelings […]” (Paternina). In an interview, Gillian Flynn summarized why she decided to write Gone Girl, saying that, "I've grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains – good, potent female villains” (“Gillian Flynn”). When asked about what inspired