Macbeth vs. The Talented Mr.Ripley

Macbeth vs. The Talented Mr.Ripley
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  • Macbeth By: William Shakespeare
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley By: Patricia Highsmith
  • Macbeth and Banquo
  • Tom Ripley and Dickie Greenleaf
  •           Although the stories of Macbeth and The Talented Mr. Ripley are strikingly similar in certain aspects, there are quite a few differences between the two tales. For example, Macbeth has enablers. In The Talented Mr. Ripley,  Tom Ripley is on his own and makes all of his decisions himself. In Macbeth, you can see Macbeth being influenced heavily by Lady Macbeth, especially in regards to the murder of Duncan. Another difference between the two stories is that Tom Ripley shows less remorse as opposed to Macbeth. In the play of Macbeth, you can see Macbeth hesitate with his actions and feel guilt. In The Talented Mr. Ripley,  Tom Ripley does not seem to show as much remorse as Macbeth does and does not think twice of his actions. These are some of many differences between Macbeth and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
  • Despite the differences between Macbeth and The Talented Mr. Ripley, there are many striking similarities between the two stories. For example, both of the main characters have a strong desire to take one's place and have more power/ money. In Macbeth, you can see that Macbeth deeply desires the position of king and will do anything it takes to have the position. This is the same as in The Talented Mr. Ripley, Tom Ripley desires the life of Dickie Greenleaf and will also do anything it takes to obtain this position. Also, not only do the main characters have similar motives, they also commit similar actions to obtain their goal. Both Macbeth and Tom Ripley kill ones close to them (Banquo/Duncan and Dickie Greenleaf) to achieve their goal. Although their feelings towards these actions differ, they commit them for the same reason. These are the a few of the many similarities between Macbeth and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
  • In the book, The Talented Mr. Ripley, the author uses several literary techniques to develop the plot and story overall. for example, motifs. A motif that was used by the author is, The Green Cage. The Green Cage was a bar in the story and reoccurred many times throughout the course of the book. This represented a trapped- like feeling to Tom Ripley. This also expresses irony since bars are typically areas in which you feel relaxed and care- \free as opposed to tense and trapped. Tom Ripley feels trapped originally in Chapter 1 when the father of Dickie Greenleaf, Herbert Greenlead, approaches him and Tom Ripley feels obligated to stay at the bar with him. A similar situation as this appears throughout the book again and he feels resentment due to his newfound wealth.
  • 3. Why is the title of this book, "The Talented Mr. Ripley"? - I ask this because of all adjectives, why talented?
  • 1. What factors of Tom Ripley's childhood could have been directly related to why he is the way he is in the book? - I ask this since I think there might be events from Tom Ripley's past that could have caused him to who he is portrayed to be in the book.
  • 4. Is Tom Ripley genuinely interested in other people, or does he just use them? - Tom Ripley at times, shows lack of remorse and does not often show interest in the well being of others around him.
  • 2. What is the sexuality of Tom Ripley?  - I ask this since there are many passages in this story in which Mr. Ripley elicits a attraction to men.
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