The Talented Mr. Ripley Novel Essay Topics

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

If your students are reading Patricia Highsmith's 'The Talented Mr. Ripley', you have a wonderful opportunity to engage them with contemporary American literature. This lesson offers essay topics that will help students make better sense of the novel.

Reading The Talented Mr. Ripley

If you are teaching your students about psychological thrillers or about modern American literature, you might have them read The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. This novel is the first of five about Tom Ripley, a young man who is trying to succeed in life and resorts to a complicated series of crimes.

The Talented Mr. Ripley is a compelling and exciting text, filled with suspense and drama. Students are likely to be drawn into the characters, the fear, and the excitement. One way to help them understand the novel better is to assign them essay topics that help them look at it intellectually, reading closely to find evidence to support their theories. The topics in this lesson will help your students better understand The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Topics About Characters

This section provides essay prompts that focus on the major characters in the novel.

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