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The Girl On The Train
Transcript of The Girl On The Train
By Paula Hawkins
story mainly takes place in a suburb outside of London
The events of the story could have taken place anywhere because the setting did not have a major effect on the events taking place.
- experiences conflicts from her previous abusive marriage and her alcoholism that greatly affects her mindset.
- experiences conflicts from having guilt about her past and her unhappiness in her marriage and her life.
- experiences conflicts with lack of trust in her marriage and the threat that Rachel has on her and her husband's marriage.
she purposefully gets herself involved in other people's lives as well as their conflicts.
she deals with the conflicts she's having within the relationships of her husband, therapist, and her previous boss.
- he deals with conflicts within his insecure marriage with Megan and the tragedy of his wife going missing and being found dead.
throughout the novel is no one knows the truth about what happened the night Megan went missing and most of the information characters know are lies.
Our most provocative discussion questions:
Our Favorite Parts:
Why do you think Rachel can't seem to get over her ex-husband, Tom?
- "Women are still only really valued for two things- their looks and their role as mothers. I'm not beautiful, and I can't have kids, so what does this make me? Worthless" (79) -Rachel
Why could Megan not tell Scott about her past?
-He is dangerous and unstable
-Ex: At one point he is with Megan and "his grip tightens on [her] shoulders" (95)...the author describes this in a disturbing manner showing how he likes to have control
How Rachel moves
on from her formal
life and the horrible treatment she received.
Our Most Provocative Discussion Questions:
Most Interesting Discussion Topics
"Eventually, I suppose, the
nightmares will stop and I'll stop
replaying it over and over in my
head...I have to get up early
tomorrow morning to catch the train"
When Rachel sees
the "ginger man" on
the train and becomes
very scared and she
Do Rachel's dreams have any correlation with the night she blacked out- the night Megan went missing?
-Rachel had dreams about what may have happened the night she became so drunk she blacked out under an overpass
-The dreams kept changing slightly so we were very curious as to which one was true
Why does Rachel's willpower falter so much? When it comes to her drinking, her mother, Tom, Scott, and Cathy?
-She has gotten into the habit of feeling like she is a nobody with no point or purpose to her life
-Lack of confidence
Global Literature Connections
Our Most Provocative Discussion Questions:
The events that took place on the night Rachel blacked out
this was the whole mystery of the novel
the plot was based on figuring out what actually happened from various character's perspectives.
Megan's reasoning for leaving her home and who was involved with her disappearance.
multiple characters were possible suspects
many previous events in the novel contributed to her disappearance.
Deciding whether Scott is a good or bad person.
he displayed many good qualities but changed drastically throughout the novel
"I don't want to be anywhere near this man. I want to get away from him"
Remarks From Critics
"Hawkins' unique three-perspective novel had me switching suspects every chapter"
Paula Hawkins depicts human nature in four main themes:
Why does the author keep bringing up the "ginger man"?
-Possibly he was with Rachel the night she blacked out
-"I look up and find myself looking right into the eyes of the man from Saturday night- the ginger one...he smiles at me, his head cocked a little to one side" (91)
"This book was the first one I've read that had me going from disliking every character at some point to sympathizing with every character at another point and never knowing who to believe...or who to find guilty."
" "Right. And the ring-the one on the chain around your neck. Is that your wedding band?"
"No," I lied. "
"He's coming towards me. He has something in his hand" (304)
"They're a match, they're a set. They're what I used to be, they're Tom and me five years ago. They're what I lost" (10)
"-you were blind drunk. Filthy, stinking drunk-and I jolted awake, shame washing over me like a wave" (261)
This was a well-crafted novel that was easy to read, but full of mystery and intrigue. The three narrators kept the story interesting, while also fully developing each character. The target audience for the novel is for a mature, young adult and older.
"Hawkins' captivating novel always kept me on the edge of my seat and wondering what would happen next."
"Hawkin's gripping thriller had me engaged from beginning to end"
Global Literature Connections Continued
This book portrays the women as weak and dependent on either their husbands or their affairs.
Each female character has their own inner conflicts such as: alcoholism, being insecure, and being lonely.
Example: Tom uses Rachel's addiction to alcohol to his benefit and takes advantage of her situation.
The female characters are abused either mentally or physically in several chapters.