The Talented Mr. Ripley

Topics: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Tom Ripley, Love Pages: 2 (540 words) Published: May 15, 2013
The Talented Mr. Ripley
In the movie The Talented Mr. Ripley, viewers are able to watch a very interesting character in Tom Ripley. The talents that he possesses and admits to are forgery, lying, and impersonation. We start off seeing him lie to a man by the name of Herbert Greenleaf. He has Mr. Greenleaf believing that he went to Princeton with his son Dickie. Dickie is out in Italy away from the family and refuses to come home. Thinking Tom and Dickie are friends; Mr. Greenleaf decides to pay Tom $1,000 to bring Dickie home. This results in Tom moving to Italy and befriending Dickie and his girlfriend Marge. Tom becomes in love with the lifestyle Dickie has with all the glamour and money spent. However, Dickie begins to feel weird about Tom being around all the time and suspects that Tom did not even go to Princeton with him. As Dickie tries to distance himself with Tom, things begin to turn. Tom goes on a rampage; killing off Dickie and then beings to impersonate Dickie because Tom realizes he can pass as him. He also kills Dickie’s friend Freddie who comes to one of the apartment of Dickie’s that Tom was using and is suspicious. With all of Tom’s wrongdoings, many wonder if he actually gets caught. He is playing the situation very well. When Tom begins to pretend he is Dickie, he sends letters to a place that the real Tom would be located so it would seem as if he and Dickie would still be in communication. He also begins to dress and act like Dickie and mastered Dickie’s signature. However, he did not do everything perfectly. He introduced himself to a girl named Meredith Logue as Dickie Greenleaf which becomes a problem when he finds out she knows Peter Smith Kingsley, a friend of Marge who has met Tom as Tom. With this being said, I do believe Dickie will get caught eventually. Throughout the movie, Tom shows signs of instability. He quickly develops strong feelings for Dickie. Tom fell in love with what Dickie’s everyday life is...
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