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He picks up a stray cat and pulls out his gun, but an old woman sees him and cries out. Bateman drops the cat and shoots down the old woman. Two police cars roll in with sirens blaring, and Bateman unloads his gun at them, causing the cars to explode.
Bateman flees to his office, where he calls up his lawyer and leaves a message confessing everything. Bateman awakes the next morning and is surprised that the cops are not looking for him. He goes to Allen's apartment, only to find that it is completely empty and up for sale. He goes to work and then goes for a drink with some coworkers.
He meets his lawyer there, who compliments Bateman on his great "gag". When Bateman insists that he killed Paul Allen, his lawyer balks, saying that Allen called him from London the night before. Bateman has an epiphany: that the punishment and notoriety he craves will forever elude him, and he is trapped in a meaningless existence - "This is not an exit. Bateman meets his end in Lunar Park when a fictionalized version of Bret Easton Ellis writes his death as being burned alive on a boat due to feeling haunted by the character.
In the non-canon sequel to the movie American Psycho 2 , Rachel Newman killed Bateman when she was 12 after he had attacked and killed her babysitter. He is also virulently racist, misogynistic, murderous, torturous, homophobic and anti-Semitic, but fakes concern for equality and "traditional moral values" because he thinks it makes him more likable.
It does not: his friends all make fun of him behind his back; his equally shallow fiancee Evelyn is cheating on him; his own lawyer calls him a "bloody ass-kisser"; and people outside of his social circle call him "yuppie trash".
A running joke throughout the novel is that Bateman is, on the surface, virtually indistinguishable from his friends, to the point that they mistake him for someone else. The only person in his life he has anything approaching feelings for is his secretary, Jean, who he knows is in love with him and who he passively accepts that he will probably marry one day.
At one point, he takes her to his apartment and aims a nail gun at her head, but finds that he cannot bring himself to kill her and tells her to leave.
Bateman takes delight in obsessively detailing virtually every single feature of his designer clothes, workout routine, business cards, alcoholic drinks, elaborate high-end stereo and home theater sound system. He is engaged to an equally rich, shallow woman named Evelyn Williams. He has a mistress on the side named Courtney Lawrence, a woman who is involved in his social circle, and has regular liaisons with prostitutes and women he encounters at clubs, many of whom end up being his victims.
The one woman and possibly the one person in his life for whom he has anything approaching feelings is his secretary, Jean. He feels that she is the only person in his life who is not completely shallow, so he cannot bring himself to seduce or kill her. He casually acknowledges her as "Jean, my secretary who is in love with me" and introduces her in the narration as someone whom he "will probably end up married to someday".
Despite his affluence and high social status, Bateman is wracked by feelings of insecurity and self-hatred. He kills many of his victims because they make him feel inadequate, usually by having better taste than he does.
He is deeply disliked by others as well - his friends mock him as the "boy next door"; his own lawyer refers to him as a "bloody ass-kisser Bateman often expresses doubts regarding his own sanity and he has periodic attacks of psychosis , during which he hallucinates. It is left open to interpretation whether Bateman actually commits the acts he describes, or whether he is merely hallucinating them; he is, therefore, an unreliable narrator.
In the climax of the story, Bateman calls his lawyer and leaves a lengthy, detailed message confessing all of his crimes. He later runs into his lawyer, who mistakes him for someone else and dismisses the confession as a joke, also claiming to have had dinner with one of his victims after Bateman had supposedly killed him, leaving the supposed reality of Bateman's acts open to audience interpretation.
Although Bateman often claims that he is devoid of emotion, he also describes experiencing moments of extreme rage, panic or grief—being on the "verge of tears"—often over trivial inconveniences such as remembering to return videotapes or trying to obtain dinner reservations. In the middle of dismembering a victim, he breaks down, sobbing that he "just wants to be loved". He takes psychotropics , like Xanax , to control these emotions.
He publicly espouses a philosophy of tolerance, equality and traditional moral values because he thinks it will make him more likeable, however he truly has no interest in any of the afore mentioned principles.
Bateman compensates for his insecurities through obsessive vanity and personal grooming , with unwavering attention to detail. He buys the most fashionable, expensive clothing and accessories possible e. Likewise, he categorizes people by what they wear and how they look because they are more easily "understood" in terms of labels and stereotypes.
Bateman's apartment also is firmly controlled in terms of look and taste, with the latest music, food, and art. After a Cronenbergian inspired sequence, He has officially become fused with both film and video games. He writes all things pop culture, and has accidentally kicked two sharks and lived. Give him a follow and Tweet him something not too judgy TreyHilburn. Vinyl Line.Buy Patrick Bateman on vinyl & CD at Juno Records, the worlds largest dance music store. Patrick Bateman. % Secure Shopping. Studio equipment. Our full range of studio equipment from all the leading equipment and software brands. Guaranteed fast delivery and low prices.