Strangers on a train – Anyone can be a murderer
What do you think a murderer would look like? Patricia Highsmith said it could be you. Strangers on board are work that will step by step lead you to believe the idea to the point where you don’t even know when you’ve been convinced.
The story begins when Guy and Bruno meet on a train, two strangers, opposite circumstances, personalities, board the train for different purposes. But only through the first meeting, Bruno saw some strange bond between the two. With the extravagance and indignation in him, Bruno came up with the idea that he would kill the wife Guy was about to divorce, and Guy would kill Bruno’s cold, tragic father.
So, let’s read this marvelous novel together to see how it ends!
So what is the form of a murderer?
Neither is anyone nor anyone. Patricia Highsmith’s murderer can take the form of you, mine, and anyone else’s. That has been subtly implied by the name of the main character – Guy (someone).
Do you know why? Because the two characters in the work are also opposites, good and evil. Ironically, they exist in the same human being. Guy is a representative of goodness, talent, talent, love for his family, girlfriend and even had mercy when his ex-wife was murdered, though he was too fed up with her. And Bruno, lazy to work, is always full of pessimism and anger. Yet, Bruno still devotes his only admiration for Guy, loving and loving, ready to kill Guy’s wife just because he thinks that Guy will be liberated and happy with his new girlfriend, not for a personal purpose. Come on. And Guy, though initially despising Bruno, doing everything to deny ever met, was used to, but gradually Bruno’s letters persuaded Guy to agree with the crazy idea of murder. In evil, there is good, after good there is evil. An invisible bond. Strangers but not strangers, it is just that we have not seen each for a long time.
In us always good and evil coexist. We have not seen ourselves as evil because of the wrong conditions, the circumstances and the wrong time. The author has described in great detail the process of struggling to combat the growing evil in Guy, watching his conscience torn apart. When the crime takes place, besides building a thrilling investigation plot with the participation of a detective character, the author also gives Guy another judgment, the judgment of conscience. And that is also the biggest, heaviest sentence that a person must bear.
We live in a society that prides itself on being a developed civilization. The author who lived a century before us had a very different, out-of-date perspective and contained his very own human philosophies, worth pondering over. For the author, the law represents the will of the majority, killing people must pay for the penalty, but when condemning the death of a murderer, that is essentially another act of murder. We give ourselves the right to execute others again, which is a dilemma.
People embodiment for what?
For love, for altruism, for wisdom, for a lot more, including crime. We will not exist without any good or bad parts, they were born on the day we were born, and then gradually revealed and expressed according to the circumstances. The author chooses the ending for Guy to confess his crime to his wife’s boyfriend. After that, voluntarily letting the detective take away without mentioning Guy would be executed or not. Perhaps yes, with contemporary law, but perhaps not. Simply for the purpose of the author is not death, but how to live.
“Strangers on a train” was adapted into a movie in 1951 and made a big splash. This is one of those intriguing detective novels, with full of true epochal ideas by author Patricia Highsmith, like the way she gave Carol and Therese together in the mid-1950s in Carol, or the way she was for Tom Ripley to live the great life of others than to live his own, mediocre in the talented Gentleman. You will always find yourself backward when reading Highsmith’s work, and that is why your worldview will gradually expand as you immerse yourself in her fictional world.