Psychological and Physical Violence in Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay


  • Omar Abbas Sallal Assistant Lecturer College of Business Economics, Al Nahrain University, Iraq



Dexter, Lindsay, Obedience experiment, Milgram, violence


This study aims to examine the psychological and physical violence in Jeff Lindsay’s Darkly Dreaming Dexter. This study analyzed the psychological and social influences on serial killers by using two theories; Milgram’s “Obedience Experiment”, the experiment proved that the majority of people will obey the instructions that came from higher authority without thinking about moral values. The second theory is Sigmund Freud's beliefs about violence and right he thought that violence is a natural thing and there is a strong relationship between violence and right. The research samples are the serial killers and their victims and how theories put forward affect those characters. The main results of this study are the deep analysis of serial killer characters and an understanding of the main point of the motivations for these violent actions. In Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay employs the traditional style of psychological horror to give a realistic image of serial killers.


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Psychological and Physical Violence in Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. (2015). ALUSTATH JOURNAL FOR HUMAN AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, 62(3), 363-374.

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