Lambs as metaphor in connection with psychopathic killers

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 26 01:44:41 UTC 2011

Wouldn't this be just an extension of the old metaphor (lambs to a


On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 9:27 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at>wrote:

> The movie "Silence of the Lambs" (
> was released in 1991,
> three years after the novel. In the movie and book, the protagonist relates
> to a psychopathic killer (cannibal) a childhood memory in which she tries,
> but is unable, to rescue a lamb.
> The film hit a creepy-note with a lot of people, and it may be that =
> "lambs" is here to stay as a metaphor (for an innocent) in connection to =
> a psychopathic killer.
> Twenty years late, in the October 24 article "'Dangerous Instincts': Ex-FBI
> profiler explains dangers of that 'nice' neighbor" in the Washington Post
> (
> Monica Hesse uses the lamb metaphor in connection to psychopaths without
> reference to the movie or book the "Silence of the Lambs":
> -----
> Is it possible to tell whether the lawn guy is a psychopath, or just
> overcharging you on fertilizer? The lambs are screaming, and they are in
> your cul de sac.
> -----
> I suppose "screaming" might be considered a sly reference to the word
> "silence" in the title.
> Benjamin Barrett
> Seattle, WA

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