How does The Talented Mr. Ripley make a comment on class?

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I think that Highsmith might be making a strong critique about the modern class system.  This particular configuration discusses how individuals are essentially "replaceable."  Tom Ripley "replaces" Dickie and because of it, he is able to raise his own social level.  It is a class and social stratification system where individuals are meant to represent wealth or privilege, and intended to represent a means to an end as opposed to an end in its own...

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