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It's a matter of respect Even if his medical licence to practice has been revoked he is still a qualified doctor, having earned a medical degree, and so is entitled to be called "Doctor". However, it's also a matter of maintaining equilibrium with him on a daily basis. Respect and proper manners are highly important to Lecter and treating him with ...


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It's important to understand that Hannibal Lecter is insane and is trying to reverse the death of his sister Misha. He even tries to build equations that could reverse entropy and thus the the flow of time - these calculations are described as elegant at first but quickly devolving into insanity and wish-fulfillment. He, however, believes he has found a way ...


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He cannabalises because his sister was killed and cannibalised. The official backstory of Hannibal derives from the treatment his sister Mischa received (and is explored in detail on his Wiki page). In the books, Lecter and Mischa are very close. However, to escape the war his family movie into a lodge in a forest. One day, his parents are killed, and ...


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Because at some point in his life, he got a Doctorate. A Doctorate is a very high level of college degree. There are doctorates in almost any collegiate subject. Physics, engineering, data science, geology, psychology, music, etc. In some cultures a doctorate is required to practice medicine at full privilege (unlike, say, a nurse practitioner in the ...


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While I agree with other answers presented, I decided to turn my comment into an answer and go a little deeper into Thomas Harris' objectives on the FBI having incentive to treat Hannibal with respect, but also how that's a theme leading to a more provocative question about humanity and the notion of "civilization" or "civility"... The first two books ...


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The TV show depicts the events before the movie trilogy, in particular before Red Dragon (or Michael Mann's 1986 take on it, Manhunter, for that matter), showing Will Graham's work as FBI profiler under assistance (and care, given that the TV show depicts a significantly more deranged version of Will Graham) of Dr. Hannibal Lecter and thus the events before ...


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Dr Lecter gave him some "poppers" which were a mix of hallucinogenic drugs and persuaded him to cut his face off and feed the flesh to his dogs. Then, appealing to Mason's auto erotic asphyxiaton tendencies, he put him in a hangman's noose which broke his neck, paralysing him.


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There are few rapid answers in the books. In Red Dragon Dolarhyde is a disturbed individual who is obsessed with the William Blake painting The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun (which the book misidentifies as The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun ). He is unable to control his violent, sexual urges, and believes that ...


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Most likely, by reading the script over and over In several interviews, Sir Anthony states that his preperation method hasn't changed in over 30 years. From Anthony Hopkins has a method to his technique: Hopkins, who has made seven movies in the last two years (including the upcoming “Slipstream,” which he wrote and directed), acknowledged that atmosphere ...


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Does a senator have any jurisdiction over FBI? I would imagine that would be abuse of power. No they don't...and yes it is. Senators have no direct control over the FBI which operates as part of the Department of Justice The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States, and its principal ...


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"Mischa, we take comfort in knowing there is no God. That you are not enslaved in Heaven, made to kiss God's ass forever. What you have is better than Paradise. You have blessed oblivion. I miss you every day." -Hannibal Rising And so I came to believe, " Dr. Lecter was saying, "that there had to be a place in the world for Mischa, a prime place ...


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I disagree slightly with Martin Andrew's answer on the Religious note. Religion plays a signifigant role in both understanding the character, his oragins, how he thinks, but also the series, since relgion plays a role for other characters as well. Hannibal Rising's (novel) brilliance derives from the fact that Hannibal's origan story is born not only out of ...


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Do you need to watch the movies? No. The show is self-contained and has its own variations upon Thomas Harris, let alone the movies. But will it enhance your ability to appreciate what's being done in the series by being familiar with the films and the books? Possibly. The number of direct quotes from the books Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, and ...


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Actually, Mason Verger did it to himself in a drug induced state (I believe) ... which Lector helped him with. Revenge for this was Mason's whole purpose for the elaborate plan to get Lector in the "pig pen" in the first place. He wanted Lector to suffer at the tusks of the pigs. Here is an excerpt from IMDB: As a result of the publicity surrounding the ...


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Answering to this^: "As I remember it from the book's ending, Hannibal kept Clarice more-or-less continually drugged and they live happily ever after." Actually the book specifically says that Starling is not drugged for a while now when Barney and his gf (Lillian?) are in the same Opera Hall a while after the famous brain dinner, so she stays with Lecter ...


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