What are some of the factors that made Tom's childhood difficult? In your opinion, do they justify Tom's criminal acts as an adult?

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The Talented Mr. Ripley is a novel by Patricia Highsmith. It was first published in 1955. It follows the story of Tom Ripley, who befriends a man called Dickie Greenleaf. Later on in the novel, Tom kills Dickie and assumes his identity. Whilst Tom’s action are clearly motivated mainly by the fact that he wants to achieve financial gain, one could also argue that part of the reason for his criminal behavior could be seen in his childhood.

For example, Tom grew...

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