Unformatted text preview: Tom is a sympathetic character, how does Highsmith achieve this effect? Is it because he is charming? How does he achieve this quality? 4. In what ways is the book about social class (rather in the way that BLACK GIRL/ WHITE GIRL is). In what sense if Tom a social climber? What qualities enable him to fit in and eventually assume the identity of someone in the class above him? 5. What is Highsmith’s attitude toward the rich Americans who make Europe their playground? Is Tom more interested in making a life for himself than Dickie? Why does Marge find Tom attractive? Why do other women? Please begin reading the novel, with a view toward finishing it by Friday. You should read the first 100 pages or so by Wednesday morning....
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- Spring '09
- Alfred Hitchcock, Psychological thriller, Patricia Highsmith, Tom Ripley