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It's a matter of respect Even if his medical licence to practice has been revoked he is still a qualified doctor, having earned a medical degree, and so is entitled to be called "Doctor".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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Graham finds Larousse Gastronomique, a French encyclopedia of gastronomy, and finds its bound bookmark to be located on a page describing a recipe that uses sweetbreads, organ meat from the thymus gland and pancreas. Note that the term sweetbread is often used in a broader sense, as per Wikipedia: a culinary name for the thymus (also called throat, ...


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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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This is explained in both the film and the book. Here are the direct quotes. In the film: Graham: It was full of compliments. He couldn't bear to part with them. And in the book: Graham: It was in the middle of a paragraph full of compliments. [...] He couldn't stand to ruin them. That's why he didn't throw the whole thing away. Although Lecter didn'...


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Sweetbread is an edible part of an animal, specifically... Sweetbread is a culinary name for the thymus (also called throat, gullet, or neck sweetbread) or the pancreas (also called heart, stomach, or belly sweetbread), especially of calf (ris de veau) and lamb (ris d'agneau), and, less commonly, of beef and pork.1 The "heart" sweetbreads are more ...


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From the-toast.net changing Hannibal Lecter’s name to ‘Lecktor’ for license reasons. So as per the site, the character surname was spelled differently due to licensing issue. Even they didn't picked novel's name for the film to save it from getting confused as a kung-fu film.


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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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Because he feels a 'special relationship with the moon', and perhaps wants to appear black in the moonlight when covered in blood. See the theory that Hannibal has, when talking to Will, in the novel Red Dragon: 'Because, my dear Will, if this pilgrim feels a special relationship with the moon, he might like to go outside and look at it. Before he tidies ...


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I can offer a possible explanation, but I have not seen the film version of Hannibal Rising and have to go by events in the book. I don't believe that anybody knew that Lecter was a cannibal after the events of Rising. In all the murders Lecter is connected to, evidence of cannibalism is hidden by Lecter's disposal of the bodies, or, in one case, by his aunt ...


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While there is no logical explanation, there is one. But it may not be satisfying... Red Dragon was released in 2002. Rising, even in book form, wasn't released until 2006. They were more or less capitalizing on the fact that it would make money. Normally this is attributed to rights changing hands, but the same production company made both... My guess is ...


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Lecter doesn't strike me as someone who'd help out of the goodness of his heart- what's in it for him Amusement and the chance to escape In Silence of the Lambs, Lector isn't really trying to help the FBI, he doles out information, much of it false to amuse himself and perhaps improve his situation and, hopefully, escape. When the information on Buffalo ...


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In [the novel] Hannibal Rising, Hannibal is never proven the [revenge] killer for a few a reasons... The novel in part explores the relationship and philosophical struggle Hannibal has with his exotic Japanese aunt, Lady Murasaki, as he comes to live with her and his Uncle in France after tragic events occur in the beginning of the novel during WWII in ...


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