We need to talk about kevin sociopath
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (3 star ratings)Shortly before his sixteenth birthday, Kevin Khatchadourian kills seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher. He is visited in prison by his mother, Eva, who narrates in a series of letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, the story of Kevins upbringing. For this powerful, shocking novel, Lionel Shriver was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction.
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In flashbacks, we learn something about his short, unhappy life. His mother, Eva Khatchadourian Tilda Swinton , we soon discover, was somewhat ambivalent about having a child in the first place. She seems anxious and out of place in the new home. Some of this discontent apparently rubs off on and damages her offspring. Kevin is nothing but trouble from the moment of his birth. He cries constantly as a baby.
A mother grapples with grief and shame after a son's act of violence in a spellbinding new film. You always have been your mother's joy. But what happens when everything ugly about the world is embodied in the son, when he's the source of the "sin and woe" that Phillips sings about over his ethereal zither? If the bond between mother and son becomes tenuous or broken, is that the result of his evil deeds, or the cause of them? As a baby, he rarely ceases crying, to the point where a frazzled Eva seeks refuge from the noise by walking him by construction sites, where the sound of the jackhammer five feet away provides momentary relief. As he gets older, he refuses to speak, refuses to allow himself to be potty trained, and asserts a manipulative dominance over his mother that his doting, Pollyannaish father Franklin John C.
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With all of the recent gun violence, the term is often used to describe the shooter. But its true meaning, and its true effect on a person, their family and their community is often obscured. The troubles she had connecting with her son, Kevin, played by Ezra Miller so different from his sweet character in The Perks of Being a Wallflower , the incident when she breaks his arm in anger, and the problems she has with his behavior throughout his teenage years are recounted. Cecelia is blinded in one eye by an incident that could have been an accident or could have been as a result of Kevin. Eventually, we learn that Kevin killed 14 people in his high school with his bow and arrow before turning himself in, and has killed Franklin and Cecelia. Eva is shown having a hard time getting Kevin to stop crying as a baby, before finally standing next to a jackhammer to drown out the noise. One incident causes Eva to throw him against the wall, breaking his arm.