A Study on Francis Dolarhyde’s mental illness in Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon

Author : NOVITA, LISTIA;

In the novel of Thomas Harris?s Red Dragon, Francis Dolarhyde suffers from mental illness. That is why, the thesis writer is interested in studying his mental illness. His mental illness becomes the issue that the thesis writer wants to analyze. The thesis writer wants to know the symptoms, causes, and effect of his mental illness. The thesis writer finds that Francis has false belief that he is the dragon and hears voices. She also finds that the family and society are the causes of his mental illness. As a result of his mental illness, he decides to suicide and doing destructive behaviors. In order to examine Francis Dolarhyde?s mental illness, the thesis writer uses psychological approach and theory is the theory of schizophrenia as the only theory in this thesis and it will be divided into types and symptoms, causes and effect of schizophrenia. The analysis is done by analyzing the symptoms, causes and effect of Francis Dolarhyde?s mental illness. Then, the thesis writer gives conclusion that Francis? mental illness is concluded as paranoid schizophrenia.

Keyword : symptoms, causes, effect of mental illness

Sumber : http://repository.petra.ac.id/752/

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