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The Talented Mr. Ripley
Transcript of The Talented Mr. Ripley
-Dickie Greenleaf: Tom is sent to bring him back to America and becomes friends with tom. He is in a relationship with Marge. (rich, rude, judgemental, old fashioned)
-Freddy Miles: Dickies good friend who catches on to Tom and in turn gets killed. Very much like Dickie.(funny, rich,smart, brave)
Marge: Dickies girlfriend. She likes tom at first then dislikes him greatly. She catches on to Tom after finding Dickies rings in toms house. She is also a writer. (kind, helpful,loving, jealous)
The plot in the book The Talented Mr. Ripley is far from simple. It starts out with Tom Ripley as the main character who lives a poor life in New York. Tom is approached by a man known as Mr. Greenleaf who introduces himself as one of Tom’s old friend’s father. Mr. Greenleaf asks Tom to go to Italy to go get his son Dickie so he can help with the family business. Tom accepts because Mr. Greenleaf offers to pay for everything. Tom finds Dickie in Italy and soon becomes obsessed with him. Once Tom feels Dickie has become annoyed with his presence he decides to kill him. After he is dead Tom take his identity and becomes Dickie Greenleaf. Tom then writes to Marge who is Dickie’s girlfriend and tells her it is over. Later in the novel, Dickie’s old friend Freddy see’s Tom as Dickie. He confronts Tom; tom then kills Freddy with an ash tray. After this the authorities then became suspicious. Tom later switches back to his identity as Tom Ripley and moves to Venice. The authorities have no proof Tom had anything to do with Dickie’s disappearance. The book ends with Tom constantly looking over his shoulder for police. Tom is forever paranoid.
The novel takes place in the late 50's in Mongibello, Italy. There Dickie has a house where Tom stays at. In the novel they travel to different places in Italy and France but main setting is in Mongibello in and around Dickies home.
The Tone in the novel The Talented Mr. Ripley changes throughout the book. It starts out as a mellow tone because everything about how Tom is approached by Mr. Greenleaf is normal. As Tom finds Dickie and starts to hangout with him the tone is very up going and happy. Until Tom notices Dickie is getting tired of him. Tom then acts out and kills Dickie. This instantly shifts the tone to a much more serious and unpredictable tone. Throughout the rest of the novel we found the tone be thrilling as Tom eludes the authorities after killing two people. As the novel ends the tone calms down and ends with a sense of suspense as Tom is forever paranoid.
Jealousy: This theme is shown constantly throughout the novel. An example of the theme is when Tom kills Dickie because he aspires to have the luxurious life Dickie has. Also another example is when Tom becomes envious of Marge and Dickie’s relationship and how much time they spend together.
Demoralization: This theme is depicted mainly through the main character Tom Ripley. Tom goes to Europe with only innocent thoughts and intentions of bringing Dickie back to America and he ends up brutally murdering him and anyone who seems to stand in his way.
Amorality: After killing Dickie; Tom consumes his identity very comfortably without seeing the evil in his actions. He finds that killing others is a necessity to maintain his power and to continue impersonating Dickie.
The Talented Mr. Ripley
1.) Dickies Ring: Dickie has a beloved ring that his girlfriend Marge buys for him. Tom, after killing Dickie, Takes these rings. They symbolize Dickie himself and when Tom puts them on he starts to become Dickie himself.
2.)Passports: In the novel Tom switches passports between his own and Dickies. These represent individual identities. When Tom decides to stop being Dickie he scratches out Dickies passport as if hes erasing him off the earth.
Sociopath-a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.
Italy-a republic in S Europe, comprising a peninsula S of the Alps, and Sicily, Sardinia, Elba, and other smaller islands.
Identity-condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is.
Travel-to go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane, or ship; take a trip; journey.
Homicide-the killing of one human being by another.
“I want you to know that Ill do everything I can to make Dickie come back " (pg 23)-When Mr. and Mrs. Greenleaf send Tom off to Europe with hopes he will bring Dickie back; Tom assures them that he successfully will. This is ironic because Tom ends up murdering Dickie.
“He knew that he was going to do it, that he would not stop himself now, maybe couldn’t stop himself…”(pg 98)-As Tom and Dickie’s friendship begins to distance Tom has disturbing thoughts of killing Dickie. While on a speedboat, Tom realizes he must make his thoughts of killing Dickie into a reality.
“Dickie’s loaded you up with all his jewelry, I see.”(pg 134)-Freddie is dubious of Tom as Tom’s story of Dickie’s whereabouts don’t add up. Freddie’s suspicions of Tom arise as he sees that Tom is wearing Dickie’s jewelry.