Good or Evil?
Meet Dexter Morgan...
By day, Dexter Morgan is a blood splatter analyst for the Miami Police Department. He is well liked by his co-workers, which includes his adopted sister, Deborah Morgan. He is charismatic and engaging, enough that he has a beautiful girlfriend and helps take care of her two children. However, Dexter Morgan has a secret. He harbors a "Dark Passenger" which compels him to kill. Dexter Morgan is a serial killer. As a very young child, he watched his birth mother get murdered in a horrible fashion. A cop, Harry Morgan, adopted Dexter after finding him. As Dexter grew older, Harry noticed that Dexter had homicidal tendencies that he could not fight. So instead, Harry molded Dexter with a code to only kill those that slip through the grasps of law enforcement. He trained him to be a detective, to make sure that those he is targeting are deserving of Dexter's vigilante retribution, and also to evade getting caught by the law.
Dexter Morgan is a compelling character which came out of the book Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay and also resulted in the Showtime series Dexter starring Michael C. Hall. The book and television series tell the story from Dexter's perspective so we have access to his inner monologues. It presents the reader or viewer with an interesting moral question; is it okay to root for a serial killer? Even ones that assume a code of killing those who have committed horrific crimes themselves and managed to escape. On one hand he is killing those that slip through the cracks of the law, but on the other hand, he is a serial killer. Is he a hero or a villain?
Dexter manages to balance two separate lives, one in which he is able to appear normal and manages to charm those around him at work and at home and the other the secret life of a mass serial killer. Each novel and each season is a tense game of cat and mouse as Dexter balances his two lives, hunting down murderers in one life, while hiding in plain sight by maintaining a meticulous facade of normalcy in the other.
Follow Dexter in Print and DVD
Whether you read the series of books written by Jeff Lindsay or start with the first season of Dexter on DVD, you won't be able to put the book or remote down. I truly believe he is currently one of the best characters out there because his stories keep you on the edge of your seat.
Daniel Ng is an intern at the Atherton and Brisbane Library. He is rooting for Dexter Morgan!