Every element in The Silence of the Lambs, which can be started from the pathology of Buffalo Bill to the working procedures FBI, originate from, respond to, or is fed by the American culture. The movie displays the values and beliefs of American Pop Culture. Either it is the Fava Beans or the lotion in the basket; everything strongly represents pop culture integrated in it. “The film also deals clearly with the idea of cultural and spiritual transition, particularly with what van Gennep refers to as Rites of Passage” (Almquist, 9).The popularity of the film is surrounded by the presentation of the borderline conditions of the film. Thus, The Silence of the Lambs can be considered as the artifact of the American Popular Culture. The movie is “beyond is replete with the artifacts devoting considerable resources to the working through of the non-Freudian psychopathology whose structure and driving forces is that of the borderline” (Sussman, 164).
The movie Silence of the Lambs can be considered as the artifact of the Vietnam War. This war was a very important event in the American history. The effects of this war have not yet been completely assimilated with the culture of America. The psychopath women killer ‘Buffalo Bill’ in some sense can be considered as the victim of the Vietnam War. He stalks his prey by using the infrared night time tool initially positioned against the Vietcong. He stuffs the mouth of the victims with the larva of moths, as he “had harvested in his efforts to assemble prosthesis of the upper female torso made of genuine human flesh, to drape over his own body” (Sussman, 164). James Gumb, in other words is a complex character evolved with the aspects of the war that American culture has failed to get assimilated. He relies on the sympathy of the victims in order to tempt them into his van, by showing that he needs help.