The The Ubermensch in Patricia Highsmith’s “Ripley Under Ground”: A Conceptual Analysis


  • Researcher Ali Kareem Hussain Wasit University / College of Education
  • Prof . Azhar Hameed Mankhi University of Wasit/ College of Education/ Department of English



Keywords: Friedrich Nietzsche; Ubermensch; criminal behavior; superman


This study analyzes Patricia Highsmith's novel Ripley Under Ground ( 1970) in the light of the Ubermensche's suggested characteristics. The ideas set out by Friedrich Nietzsche in Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883) was a major stream in the development of contemporary thought. Nietzsche suggests in his philosophy that the driving force behind man's existence is his ambition to realize his own potential as a creative entity. The willingness is symbolized by Nietzsche's ideas to remake the universe and its values in accordance with one's own desires and perceptions according to his own codes is central to his philosophy. According to the research presented, Patricia Highsmith's writings—particularly the Ripley Novels, which have become rather popular—implied several aspects of Nietzsche's philosophy.

Author Biography

  • Prof . Azhar Hameed Mankhi, University of Wasit/ College of Education/ Department of English




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How to Cite

Ali Kareem Hussain, . R., & . Azhar Hameed Mankhi, P. (2022). The The Ubermensch in Patricia Highsmith’s “Ripley Under Ground”: A Conceptual Analysis. Lark, 14(5), 1059-1053.