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House of Card's Francis Underwood: The new psychopath on the screen

It would be interesting to write a character analysis of House of Card’s Francis Underwood. The fact that so many viewers love watching a psychopath ruin people’s lives is a great topic of discussion.

  • How about a look at Claire as well? Does she fit a sort of more subdued psychopath role? How are these two defined by their actions and what consequences (if any) do they face? – Giovanni Insignares 7 years ago
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  • You could even go so far as to compare Frank Underwood with Shakespeare's Richard III; as for Claire, you could compare to another Shakespeare character: Lady Macbeth. Just a suggestion! – Amanda Dominguez-Chio 7 years ago
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  • I love House of Cards, and I watch because of Frank and Claire. I find myself rooting for them, even though they'll do anything to get what they want. This article should definitely explore the viewers' fascination with the Underwoods. Is there something wrong with us? Also, this article would need to define "psychopath;" perhaps "sociopath" better describes Frank, but the terms would need be spelled out regardless. – S.A. Takacs 6 years ago
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  • I think one could go even further and write about the general rise of psychopaths on screen. Someone has already done this recently; aileenmaeryan wrote a piece called Psychopaths: Cinema's Worst Critics where she explored the idea of psychopathic characters as being critics of modern society. One, however, could probably go further and address the general rise of psychopaths in popular media and ask why it is that we've become so fascinated with them. – August Merz 6 years ago
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  • I may have written this somewhere already, but I don't think they sleep together. They're most intimate when they screw the world together... and then they share a cigarette. – Tigey 5 years ago
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