Analysis Of Hannibal the tv show: (Long, lot’s of very subtle things)
Why is Hannibals violence subdued:
two reasons that I think of. 1) they show Hannibal as extremely restrained. He in many ways is really very hard to read. For instance, I tried to follow what the cannibalism is like for him, based on his body language, but his reactions are very subdued. So they keep this up by not expressing the violence overtly. He is the subtle killer.
I think like the way he is portrayed to the characters as a gentler version of himself, in a people suit. Here to us, he is also presented as a gentler version. What makes this really crazy, is that there is a discontinuity that runs (at least in my head) as I know that there should be more evidence of motive. More lust, violence etc. Interestingly when i have watched documentaries of psychopaths though, I get the same feeling, that more should be on display. That I can’t help but feel charmed, but feel they could not do this horrible thing that they did (Dahmer for instance). And yet they did. So the psychopath is like an emotional illusion. It seems like something is there when nothing is.
Hannibal takes great care to do things in a beautiful display. Make beautiful food. Not be rude, but always have his best version of himself. It would not go with this image if they really showed the ugliness fully.
I think they hint at it if we look closely. Which I like, it becomes a puzzle in that way. I find his crudest kill display as Gideon, feeding Gideon himself. Not only is that sadistic, but the food is displayed in a gross way to me, as over large chunks of meat. Also the eye of god episode too is very sadistic too. Or like more clear of Hannibal’s evilness I think.
Mads says that he plays Hannibal different from Anthony as Anthony plays a psychopath in many ways. He plays a force of god. So then you have to think, what changes?
Well as a force it is not about the violence. It is about the force of nature. Being that force.
On another level this show is deeply trying to charm us as well, to get us looking and being on the side of the killer at least in this version. Both being extremely aesthetic and tying deep primal sexuality in a deep way to killing. Many of the violent scenes are also read in a sexual context as well.
On a symbolic level, when Beverly is trying to catch hannibal, Will says you have to look deeper to find the motivation. I believe the same can be said to us for understanding the show and the killer motives.
Antlers symbolism discovered while watching fan song
https://youtu.be/BjM2_F4B9Bk I noticed at .50 seconds during one of the smelling Will scene’s that Will is standing right behind antlers! As if they are going into him! (I don’t know if this is a coincidence, but that is really interesting to me if it is.) Also not as surprising as Hannibals room is red, they are surrounded by red in this scene. which could go with the antlers. In this case it would be akin to the scenes where Hannibal kills people by pushing antlers through them.
Wendigo a really dark creature. Endless appetite, all consuming. Very creepy. I found it interesting that Will grows antlers at one point in the tinier very claustrophobic prison cage and they were very big antlers. Also it was in a way like symbolically breaking out of his cage perhaps?
Also, another thing, with the black color of the wendigo, I did just take note that (again in a song) I saw a flash of in all black and someone else all blacked out after a perhaps symbolic killing. in the song Waltz for Lecter at 4:13 and 4:22 shows two blacked out people. And Alana goes black at a point. I am thinking Will does too. So the black seems like a direct influence from the Wendigo. Either bringing out their darkness, or just the aftermath of being in the presence of the Wendigo and the destruction left behind.
Some more symbolic stuff I just found: also at 2:25 of Waltz for Lecter song: Hannibal looks at a recipe for Lambs brains.. Which is an interesting reference to silence of the lambs.. eating the brains of people who are considered the innocent. And later in this series Will is referred to as The Wrath of the Lamb.
Wills monster I think may be related to fishing. Since there are a lot of dead fish around him.. And as I pointed out before, it’s weird cause in the wiki about his house, they call his house an aquarium and that he just takes in influences in a watery sort of way, pretty much saying he is symbolically a fish with his empathy. So that’s weird. Like he’s killing himself… or maybe killing his own kind when he fishes.
And Will and time seems to mean something as well… okay his brain disorder and not being able to write a clock… it’s a broken clock, as in trapped in time in some way or something like that. In his visions he sees a pendulum which is used to keep time. When reenacting the scene he is often seen going backwards, as if time is reversing. This is interesting cause Hannibal wants to be able to reverse time. So in a sense Will represents the things Hannibal wants and desires. To revert back to a better time and to be understood.