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In The Visit, our main character Claire appears to the town she lived in as a destitute young woman and offers up a fortune to see the man who made her pregnant, rejected her, and then claimed he wasn't the father and went onto marry someone else. She's now rich, and she wants revenge. But her life and her actions are all a part of the rejections of her past.
Claire is believable.......... she feels justified in her intent to do Ill wrong, and who could blame her? She lost her lover, was forced to give her child up for adoption, and was forced into prostitution to stay alive. But should rejection really be a source of the hatred and revenge she feels......... if you really think about it, I doubt you'd offer up money for the death of another. And yet, it's happened quite regularly throughout history. So in the context of the novel, I think rejection was effectively dramatized.
The Caretaker on the other hand begins as a story of benevolence and friendship and progresses to the humiliation and degradation.......... Davies, unlike Claire isn't completely destitute...... he's trying to take advantage, and it all does wrong. Instead of becoming he revengeful, he takes a slow and agonizing route into insanity, but he brought it upon himself. I don't find this 'effective,' in that I don't find the story believable. And yet, the brothers kind of remind me of convicted murderers Leopold and Loeb. I have no idea why!