The Psychopaths in Caroline Roberts’ Novel the Lost Girl
Tarigan, Mia Pratiwi
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The Lost Girl novel is a true story that tells about the author, Caroline Roberts’ experiences when she accepted a job at 25 Cromwell Street, the infamous address of Fred and Rose West, she was only 16. She realized that there was something very malevolent about the couple, so she left their employment soon after, glad to be rid of them. The story should have ended there, but a month, later she was abducted by the West and suffered violent sexual abuse at their hands before being told that she would be killed and buried. Through a combination of luck and quick thinking, despite the trauma of what had happened, Caroline managed to escape to freedom. This story is actually like a diary because it is written about the life experience of Caroline on each page. Psychopath currently labelled as antisocial personality disorder, but the term psychopath was replaced since 1952 with sociopath in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder) II 1968 and officially named sociopath. Harvey Cleckley in Wade (2007:343) describes that psychopath is a person who has absolutely no conscience, "Likeable," "Charming," "Intelligent," "Alert," "Impressive," "Confidence-inspiring," and "A great success with the ladies" but also, of course, "irresponsible," "self-destructive," and the like. It is a phenomenon that had always been considered dangerous and disturbing the public. The basic characteristic of psychopath is inability to feel the normal emotions. Even though the psychopath may use words to express emotions, there is no real sentiment behind these words. Consequently, psychopaths can commit acts that are harmful to others in “cold blood” without any accompanying emotion. The psychopaths do not have the sense of regret, and also they have no fear of punishment, shame, guilt, and empathy for the suffering caused by themselves to others.
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