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Red Dragon

First US hardback edition cover
Author Thomas Harris
Country United States
Language English
Series Hannibal Lecter
Genre(s) Thriller
Publisher G.P. Putnams, Dell Publishing (USA) &
Bodley Head (UK)
Publication date October 1981
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 480 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN ISBN 0-399-12442-X (first edition, hardback)
Followed by The Silence of the Lambs

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Red Dragon is a mystery thriller novel written by Thomas Harris featuring the brilliant psychiatrist and serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. It was originally published in 1981, but found a new audience in the early 1990s after the success of its sequel, The Silence of the Lambs. The title refers to a painting by William Blake, "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun" (though Harris describes the similar painting, "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun"). This article is about the author Thomas Harris. ... For other uses, see Psychiatrist (disambiguation). ... Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... Hannibal Lecter is a fictional character in a series of novels by author Thomas Harris. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... For other uses, see Sequel (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827) was an English poet, visionary, painter, and printmaker. ... The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in the Sun was painted by the English poet and painter William Blake between 1806 and 1809. ... The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in the Sun by William Blake. ...

Contents

Plot introduction

Despite some confusion, Red Dragon is the first book in the Lecter tetralogy. It was written first and comes second in chronologic order; Hannibal Rising documents Hannibal Lecter's life before Red Dragon. While this is the first novel to feature Lecter, the book places its central focus on the characters of Will Graham and Francis Dolarhyde. Hannibal Lecter is a fictional character in a series of novels by author Thomas Harris. ... A tetralogy is a compound work that is made up of four (numerical prefix tetra-) distinct works. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the character from Red Dragon. ... Francis Dolarhyde is a fictional character featured in Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon. ...


Plot summary

Will Graham is called out of retirement by the FBI to help track down a serial killer known to law enforcement agencies and the press only as "The Tooth Fairy," who has murdered two families. Graham retired after being nearly killed by the serial killer Hannibal Lecter, who was subsequently captured in the process. Graham turns to Lecter for help in tracking down The Tooth Fairy. However, Graham discovers that Lecter is manipulating not only him but also the man he is hunting. This article is about the character from Red Dragon. ... Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... Hannibal Lecter is a fictional character in a series of novels by author Thomas Harris. ...


The relationship between Lecter and Graham parallels the relationship between Lecter and Clarice Starling in the later books, but here there are different overtones. Lecter treats Starling as an unworthy student but Graham as a fellow professional (though not an equal). Lecter's acceptance of Graham does not stop at the being "professional" level, but extends further into the overlapping realm between Graham's and Lecter's psyches. Clarice M. Starling is a fictional character in the novels The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal by Thomas Harris. ...


A complication in the investigation is Freddy Lounds, a tabloid reporter who once ran afoul of Graham during the Lecter case and is now dogging him to get the story on The Tooth Fairy. The Tooth Fairy is Francis Dolarhyde. Dolarhyde, an avid reader of Lounds's paper, The National Tattler, is displeased with what Lounds writes about him, and murders him after torturing Lounds for several hours.. Freddy Lounds is a fictional character in the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, and its film adaptations. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Francis Dolarhyde is a fictional character featured in Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon. ...


Dolarhyde meets Reba McClane, a blind co-worker at Gateway Processing Services, where Dolarhyde's work gives him access to the home movies which the company develops for direct consumers and for local camera stores. Dolarhyde and McClane begin a romantic relationship. Dolarhyde's newfound love conflicts with his homicidal urges, which manifest themselves in his mind as a separate personality he calls "The Great Red Dragon," after the famous painting The Great Red Dragon and the Women Clothed in the Sun by William Blake, a painting that Dolarhyde is profoundly obsessed with. Posing as a researcher, Dolarhyde enters the Brooklyn Museum, beats a museum secretary unconscious, and eats the original Blake watercolour of The Red Dragon which is kept there. Dolarhyde believes that if he consumes the Dragon, he can stop killing and pursue a normal relationship with McClane. Reba McClane is a fictional character from the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon, the first in the Hannibal Lecter trilogy, and also appears in the film adaptations Manhunter (played by Joan Allen) and Red Dragon (played by Emily Watson. ... This article is about the visual condition. ... Home Movies is a dialogue-driven animated series about 8-year-old Brendon Small (voiced by the creator, head writer, and lead musician of Home Movies Brendon Small), who makes films with his friends, Melissa and Jason, in his spare time. ... The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun The Great Red Dragon and the Beast from the Sea The Number of the Beast is 666 The Great Red Dragon Paintings are a series of watercolor paintings by... William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827) was an English poet, visionary, painter, and printmaker. ... The Brooklyn Museum, located at 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York, is the second largest art museum in New York City, and one of the largest in the United States. ...


After Lecter gives Dolarhyde Graham's address in code (through the personal advertisements in The Tattler), thus endangering Graham and his family, Graham becomes obsessed with the case, eventually realizing that the killer knew the layout of his victims' houses from their home videos, which he only could have seen if he worked for Gateway. Sensing that he is about to be caught, Dolarhyde goes to see McClane one last time, but he finds her talking to a co-worker, Ralph Mandy. Enraged, Dolorhyde kills Ralph Mandy, kidnaps McClane and, having taken her to his house, sets the place on fire. He apparently intends to kill her and then himself, but finds himself unable to shoot her. After Dolarhyde apparently shoots himself, McClane escapes. In communications, a code is a rule for converting a piece of information (for example, a letter, word, or phrase) into another form or representation, not necessarily of the same type. ... A personal or personal ad is an item or notice traditionally in the newspaper, similar to a classified ad but personal in nature. ...


It transpires that Dolarhyde had not shot himself, but merely the body of Ralph Mandy, who he had drug to his house using his van. Dolarhyde pursues Graham to his home, and attacks Graham's family. Dolarhyde gains the upper hand and is about to kill Graham when Graham's wife, Molly, strikes him with an aluminium fishing rod, embedding a barbed hook into his cheek, before finally shooting him several times in the face. Having been permanently scarred by Dolarhyde through Lecter's machinations, Graham convalesces in a hospital thinking about Molly, who will be leaving him. Graham's mentor at the FBI, Jack Crawford, intercepts a letter sent by Lecter congratulating Graham on his victory and destroys it. Jack Crawford. ...


Characters in Red Dragon

This article is about the character from Red Dragon. ... Jack Crawford. ... Francis Dolarhyde is a fictional character featured in Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon. ... Hannibal Lecter is a fictional character in a series of novels by author Thomas Harris. ... Reba McClane is a fictional character from the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon, the first in the Hannibal Lecter trilogy, and also appears in the film adaptations Manhunter (played by Joan Allen) and Red Dragon (played by Emily Watson. ... Freddy Lounds is a fictional character in the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, and its film adaptations. ...

Themes

One of the main themes covered in the book is Will Graham's struggle with his own nature: specifically, his ability to think and feel like a serial killer. Will's greatest fear is that he differs from the likes of Lecter and Dolarhyde by only the slim barrier erected by personal choice; that he is really a deranged and demented being who chooses to engage in an eternal standoff with his darker impulses. This ability to have final dominance over one's impulses is what Dolarhyde sought to establish by eating the Blake painting.


It is no accident that Lecter calls Dolarhyde "Pilgrim". Yet, where Lecter is base and primal in his communications with Dolarhyde ("You're very beautiful"), he behaves in a cultured, refined manner in his dealings with Graham. Lecter symbolizes a midpoint between the two journeyman "monsters": Dolarhyde, who is at a "less-evolved" state where he still acts solely to sate his impulses, and Graham, who instead fights his darker nature and uses it to hunt those who would not share his fight. Lecter, who has chosen to rationalize and intellectualize his actions by killing only the rude and incompetent, seems to harbor an affinity towards Graham, perhaps because of their similar backgrounds in academia and their mutual disdain for 'irrational' killing, but most likely because Graham's decision is based on choice. Dolarhyde, in believing he has no choice in the matter, exhibits weaker mental fortitude, and thus places himself below Graham in Lecter's eyes. In psychology, rationalization is the process of constructing a logical justification for a decision, action or lack thereof that was originally arrived at through a different mental process. ... Intellectualization is a defense mechanism where reasoning is used to block confrontation with an unconscious conflict and its associated emotional stress. ...


A key moment in this storyline occurs when Graham tries to goad Lecter into helping him catch the Dragon. Graham suggests it would be an opportunity to prove that Lecter is smarter than the emerging Dragon character. Lecter proves himself capable of meeting Graham's challenge, ruining both Dolarhyde and Graham, having set the two against each other. Dolarhyde leaves Graham with a permanent disfigurement, something Graham's mind will be hard-pressed to ignore as a sort of "mark of the beast", a reminder of what he is. Harris foreshadows Graham's fate during Lecter and Graham's exchange on the Tooth Fairy's self-loathing and disfigurement. Lecter accomplishes all of this on a whim while incarcerated in a maximum security facility. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Number of the Beast (numerology). ... Maximum Security was a comic book published by Marvel Comics in 2001 as the core of a company-wide crossover. ...


Lecter's wit and charm, his ability to toy with people and to remain a serious threat even while imprisoned and heavily restrained and the obvious fear he evokes through this, were all used by Harris to create a dark mystique and infamy around the Lecter character, which Harris highlights by refusing to ever directly mention the nature of Lecter's crimes or his exact methods of murder. This leaves the reader with the challenge of reconciling the debonair and affluent, if evidently sadistic character whom they are introduced to through the narrative, with the psychotic mass-murderer perception Harris deliberately builds up around the character of Dr. Lecter, but never in his presence. It was these qualities and their contrast with the usual slasher-story method of totally dehumanizing the killer through excruciating explication which made the Lecter character such a show-stealer, and set the stage for that character to become the subject-in-his-own-right of the now world-famous "Hannibal Lecter" series of books which have inspired the blockbuster films. Mystique, as a name, can refer to: Mystique, a comic book character from the Marvel Comics universe. ... Infamy, from INFAMIA, the Latin antonym of Fama (fame), means: -a negative reputation (but high profile, in modern speech often considered as a form of celebrity), as in crime, immorality, cruelty . ...


Editions

The original hardcover and paperback editions mentioned Hannibal being held in the "Chesapeake" hospital. After the publication of the sequel, The Silence of the Lambs, one reprint of Red Dragon has the name of the hospital changed to the "Baltimore" hospital in order to maintain continuity with the sequel. In all following editions, the name is changed back to "Chesapeake". Hardcover books A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth, heavy paper, or sometimes leather). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


Adaptations

  • The first film, released in 1986 under the title Manhunter, was written and directed by Michael Mann and focused on FBI Special Agent Will Graham, played by William Petersen. Lecter (renamed Lecktor) was played by Brian Cox.
  • The second film, which used the title Red Dragon, appeared in 2002. Directed by Brett Ratner and written by Ted Tally (who also wrote the screenplay for The Silence of the Lambs), it starred Edward Norton as Graham and Anthony Hopkins as Lecter.
  • Michael Mann, after directing Manhunter, produced an episode of Miami Vice, 'Shadow In The Dark,' that is a loose adaptation of this tale. Crockett and Tubbs (having been transferred to homicide duties) pursue an eerie cat burglar. Crockett attempts to predict the thief’s moves by trying to think like him. However, Crockett and Tubbs can only succeed in apprehending him after getting help from the former lead investigator of the case. They visit him in the mental institution he was remanded to after becoming mentally deranged (because he also tried to project himself into the mind of the bizarre burglar). After benefiting from the mad man’s help and insight, they catch the intruder.
  • This story has also been loosely adapted by films not normally associated with this tale. In Ron Howard’s Backdraft, the characters portrayed by Robert DeNiro and William Baldwin hunt down an arsonist, but do not have sufficient insight into the perpetrator until they visit a jailed psychotic fire starter. The film also has strong themes of predicting behavior by thinking like the object you are looking for or analyzing – even to the point of identifying with the object. DeNiro’s character solves arson cases by not only trying to think like the perpetrator, but also “thinking” like the fire. His character even goes so far as to say that to truly understand fire (and the damage it wreaks), you have to love it just a little.
  • Thomas Harris’ own The Silence of the Lambs is itself a reworking of this story[citation needed]: Both stories feature a not quite full-fledged FBI agent in pursuit of a serial killer. Both serial killers have a strong self-loathing and kill to facilitate a “transformation” into something they feel is more powerful than their current state. Both protagonists must visit Lecter several times to gain enough insight to catch the killer. Both protagonists are tasked only with helping to track the killer at large, not apprehending him. However, both end up catching the killer single-handed after a lethal confrontation that results in the killer being fatally shot.

Manhunter is a 1986 thriller film based on Thomas Harriss novel Red Dragon. ... Michael Kenneth Mann (born February 5, 1943 in Chicago) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... William Louis Petersen (born February 21, 1953) is an American actor, best known for playing Gil Grissom on CSI. // Petersen was born in Evanston, Illinois to parents who worked in the furniture business. ... This article is about the actor. ... Red Dragon is a 2002 thriller film, based on the novel of the same name written by Thomas Harris featuring the brilliant psychiatrist and serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. ... Brett Ratner (born March 28, 1969) is an American film director and music-video director. ... Ted Tally is an American playwright and screenwriter, best known for the play Terra Nova and the screenplay for the film The Silence of the Lambs, which won him the Academy Award for Best Screenplay. ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... Ed Norton redirects here. ... For the composer, see Antony Hopkins. ... For the 2006 movie, see Miami Vice (film). ... Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma) is an American actor, and an Academy Award winning film director, and producer, known for his roles on sitcoms, movies and television. ... A backdraft is a situation which can occur when a fire is starved of oxygen; consequently combustion ceases but the fuel gases and smoke remain at high temperature. ... Robert De Niro Robert De Niro, Jr. ... William Billy Baldwin (born February 21, 1963 in Massapequa, New York) is an American actor best known for his early starring roles in such films as Backdraft (1991) and Flatliners (1990). ... This article is about the author Thomas Harris. ... The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. ...

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