Patricide is the story of a young man’s attempt to kill his father after years of enduring his father’s obsessive control and overbearing personality. Haunted by unhappy memories and fueled by a constant fear of his father’s disproportionately harsh punishments, the son hatches a plan to slowly kill his father by poisoning his tea. But as his scheme enters its final stage and the push by a deep seated anger and resentment for revenge subsides, the son comes to see his father as a vulnerable human being for the first time; and so questions his actions and feelings.
The father is a former mathematics professor who has decided to work from home in order to focus on raising his young son while attempting to write an academic paper concerning family dynamics. His obsessive, calculated, and overly mathematical view of life has extreme consequences on his son, and eventually himself.
The son is sheltered and anxious. Our protagonist has developed a deep seated resentment against a father who has forced him to spend his entire life in constant fear. His childhood experiences with his father are revealed through flashbacks
A former colleague of the father character, Stanley is a kind, docile and diplomatic man. Despite these qualities, he too can find the father’s obsessive and intense nature wearing. As a friendly gesture he offers to read over the father’s academic paper on family dynamics.