The Talented Mr. Ripley (Film) Characters

The Talented Mr. Ripley (Film) Character List

Tom Ripley

Tom is an enigmatic character who is skilled at forgery and impersonations, hence, it is hard to pin his character down. Ripley is not from a wealthy background, as he works as a lavatory attendant. Despite this, he aspires for greatness, and is impressed by Dickie Greenleaf's life of luxury. Tom is approachable and quick to form friendships with others, however, he is also prone to extreme anger. His bad temper and inability to think ahead drives the main conflict of the plot.

Dickie Greenleaf

Dickie Greenleaf is a handsome, eccentric multi-millionaire. He is kind-hearted and lives an impulsive life. He is immediately drawn to people with a sense of humor and forms close, intense relationships with people very easily, however, he also gets bored with people quickly. For this reason, Dickie tends to ignore his friends after a few weeks, and develops new, more exciting friendships instead. Dickie is presented as a character who takes his wealth for granted. He is also disloyal to his long-term girlfriend Marge, as he often has flings with numerous women.

Marge Sherwood

Marge is Dickie's girlfriend. She is extremely loving and patient, as she puts up with Dickie constantly arriving late to events she has planned. She is also very aware of Dickie's flaws, as she confides to Tom about his erratic, impulsive nature. Nonetheless, she is whole-heartedly devoted to Dickie and is a close friend of Tom throughout the film. While she appears naive at times, she is actually very insightful, as can be seen through her determination to find Dickie after he goes missing.

Freddie Miles

Freddie is one of Dickie's closest friends. He, like Dickie, is extremely wealthy and eccentric. Freddie jeapordises Tom and Dickie's friendship, as he is very exclusivist and constantly mocks Tom. Due to his elitist attitudes, Freddie looks down upon anyone who is not as wealthy as he is.

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