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Particia Highsmith explores the mind of a lonely psychotic man in her novel The Talented Mr Ripley Tom Ripley is a man who has spent most of his life uncomfortable in his own skin and in desperate search of the right script in this play that we call life to follow In a way and in different degrees everyone past the age of seven goes though that Just as Tom dreamed of living the type of life Dickie lead I know that when I was younger I would stare at myself in the mirror and imagine myself to have red hair and green eyes to be thinner and to have a more popular status with my peers At that point the life I lead wasnt good enough for me My parents most of my friends my clothes- everything was sub-par and I hate that No matter where I was or what I was doing I would always keep an eye out for an outlet to get me away from that which was me Thats why in a very twisted and convoluted way Toms assumption of Dickies life makes so much sense to me Ive always believed that a life in which you have no identity is one that isnt worth living Things look up for Tom when he realizes that his life doesnt have to continue on the route it was following He realized that who he needed to be was Dickie I remember having this one friend who I worshipped most of elementary school I adored her so much that I started emulating her Her mannerisms her style of clothing and even her handwriting which were once unique were all of a sudden a part of my persona as well I didnt give up her flair until I finally recognized what I was doing was forced to One day I just came to the conclusion that none of this was
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