This study guide will help you analyze the text “The Terrapin” by Patricia Highsmith. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message.
Presentation of the text
Title: “The Terrapin”
Author: Patricia Highsmith
Published in: The Snail-Watcher and other Stories
Date of Publication: 1970
Genre: Short story
Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was an American writer of novels and short stories. Today she is primarily known for her novel series featuring the character of Tom Ripley, which was adapted into a popular film in 1995, The Talented Mr. Ripley. Highsmith wrote psychological thrillers which often questioned the concepts of identity and morality.
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