Freudian Psychoanalysis of The Talented Mr. Ripley
Have you ever imagined becoming one of your friends who is well-to-do and then has been leading a carefree life? Are you jealous of this kind of person? If so, you may think about it twice after reading through this criminal novel, The Talented Mr. Ripley. You will wish not to become next Tom Ripley then.
Criminal novels are my favorite books at leisure. Normally, murderers will end up with being under arrested at the end of stories. However, the protagonist, Tom Ripley, is extremely clever and he can avoid every risk of being arrested in this story. Plus, it is suggested that Tom Ripley can be the representative of literary psychopaths. Therefore, I try to dig out every clue that causes his motives to kill people and every detail that built up his personalities so that it would help me understand why a genius becomes a villain.
“Understanding the mindset of a psychopath is very important in order to understand why a criminal would not feel the need to justify his or her transgressions; psychopaths do not believe that they are doing anything abnormal or morally inept” (Siler 3). In this research paper, Freudian psychoanalysis will be applied to explore the protagonist’s mental journey and explain the motives of his crimes.
Tom Ripley is a fictional character in a series of novels composed by Patricia Highsmith, including The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley, Ripley Under Water. This research paper is expected to focus on Highsmith’s first book about Tom Ripley and try to dig out any Freudian imagery of Ripley’s personalities.
As a fictional character, Tom Ripley, his creator and him are more likely having something in common. Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995), a female writer, had experienced World War II in her student life. “By the time Highsmith (1921–1995) came to write The Talented Mr. Ripley, she was just entering her thirties” (Michael). According...