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The Grifters

(Please try to ask only one question at a time in the Q&A section of eNotes.) PLOT. The three main characters--Roy, his mother Lilly, and his girlfriend, Moira--are all grifters: con artists....

Latest answer posted December 18, 2009, 11:00 pm (UTC)

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The Grifters

Lilly is not able to act like a real mother to Roy because the grifting way of life infiltrates every part of her being. Lilly shows how grifting is not just a job as much as it is a way of life....

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016, 3:15 pm (UTC)

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The Grifters

The story is set in Los Angeles' seedy side, featuring a crook or grifter, Roy Dillon. He had been hit by a baseball bat after trying to swindle(con) someone. His mother Lilly who just so happens...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2009, 7:49 am (UTC)

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The Grifters

The Grifters is a 1963 novel by Jim Thompson, later adapted by Donald E. Westlake into the 1990 film of the same name. The film of the book keeps faithfully to the original story, only changing...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2012, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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The Grifters

One theme that permeates the novel is the role of deception. This takes on the form of deception of others and deception of self. For each of the characters, the fundamental gift of being a...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2013, 12:26 pm (UTC)

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