Gloriana's Crime Blog

Black Veils and Desensitization

First of all, I wanted to say I thought it was funny that I can handle watching shows as graphic as Hannibal but when I was reading the first chapter and the extremely detailed description of the torturing I had to put the cupcake I was eating down. I think it has to do with the fact that Hannibal is fake; all the blood and gore is just makeup combined with props. The show doesn’t leave much to the imagination its all laid out in front of you and then its gone.  When I was reading the chapter I imagined everything and it stuck with me.  I had to reread some parts to fully understand what had happened and each time I did more details popped out to me and made the scene in my head that much more realistic. I may be desensitized to violence in movies or TV shows but I can’t watch the news because most of the stories depress or horrify me and it was hard for me to read the intro. When the violence and the crime is real I am not desensitized.

The quote from page 14, chapter 1 “…that crime must be faceless. The more monstrous a criminal was, the more he must be deprived of light” reminded me of the story that was talked about briefly in class called The Minster’s Black Veil. I inserted a link to the story here in case you had not read it yet but wanted to. The minister wears the veil to symbolize secret sin and make the people in the town aware of the sins they themselves were doing. I thought it was interesting that in real life the criminal’s face was hidden to deny the criminal light and hide the face of the crime.


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  1. 9/10/2013 | 9:13 pm Permalink

    I am right on the same page as Gloriana. The things that the executioners would do to people is so gory and disgusting that my stomach started to turn. I think the horrific treatment done to the criminals makes you feel kind of sorry for them, which it probably was not intended to do.

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  2. 9/17/2013 | 9:18 pm Permalink


    I lvoe the idea of relating Foucualt’s idea of burying the Sinner in the depths of a dungeon to the idea of the representative colonial preacher in Hawthorne “Reverend Hooper” wearing his sin (and that of the entire community) on his face. It actually gets to a totally differnet notion between dealing with crime in the colonial period versus the post revolutionary US moment. The trial and crime are apparent, but the criminal is increasingly hidden from the public gaze, the caffold becomes a penitentiary.

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