American Psycho | Study Guide

Bret Easton Ellis

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Overview

Author

Bret Easton Ellis

Year Published

1991

Type

Novel

Genre

Horror

Perspective and Narrator

The novel American Psycho is written in the first-person point of view, narrated by Patrick Bateman, the story's main character.

Tense

The novel American Psycho is told primarily in the present tense.

About the Title

The novel's title, American Psycho, refers to the narrator and main character, Patrick Bateman. He is the consummate 1980s American—wealthy, materialistic, and obsessed with name brands and current fashion trends. He's also a "psycho"—he hallucinates, can't tell reality from delusion, and has a voracious appetite for drugs, alcohol, and both physical and sexual violence.

Summary

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