The SLOTH victim, exactly why was he to be tortured to death "this" way?

Are we supposed to know what happened to his left hand, and what exactly are those tubes in his right arm?

Are we to surmise he was made a heroin addict then experience withdrawal? Am I thinking about this too much?

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Are we supposed to know what happened to his left hand, and what exactly are those tubes in his right arm?

His left hand seems to have been removed by John Doe. Remember that the reason the police are visiting the Sloth victim are because his fingerprints were identified at the Greed murder scene.

The tubes are an IV line carrying nutrients, fluids, and whatever drugs John Doe was using to keep the victim alive and placid for the year he was trapped in the apartment.


The Sloth death isn't exactly clear...generally we're supposed to assume that deaths to the victims are supposed to be a sort of...'poetic' justice and a part of John Doe's larger spectacle and how each represents their respective sin.

We don't know very much with him, besides he was forced on drugs and rotted away in bed for a year or something. He should represent slothness (even this sin as a description isn't exactly clear)...whatever that means. And I assume in this particular case it should be the laziness. The complete and utter lack of doing nothing and wasting all possibilities on nothing.

Doe shows this by having a person 'presumably' be able to escape, but does not and simple wastes his body and brain. But Se7en has several missing links....this particular one is probably one of them.

However I would say yes, don't think about it so much...the film is 25 years old now...there are bound to be some plot holes. :)

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    Why does the age of the film mean it will have plot holes?
    – HorusKol
    Mar 7, 2020 at 21:03
  • @HorusKol The argument of the statement is, we've had 25 years to pick it apart and analyse and/or compare to movies that have done something similar, ripped off and or both and did it better. There are bound to be things to be found that don't make sense. Mar 8, 2020 at 0:05
  • Why? Strange statement to make with no evidence to back it up. Mar 8, 2020 at 3:50
  • The argument "it's old so it's bad" is simply horrible. -1 for this.
    – Yasskier
    Mar 8, 2020 at 19:44
  • @Yasskier you have a gross misunderstanding of what my sentence means. I do not think the movie is bad because its as old as my nieces and nephews nor do i think its bad at all. -1 for reading skills. Mar 8, 2020 at 19:48

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