AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 5, Number4. October 2021 Pp.60-71
Shame and Alcoholism in Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train
Maysaa H. Jaber
Psychological Research Center
Received: 8/21/2021 Accepted: 10/2/2021 Published: 10/24/2021
The aim of this article is to showcase the connection between the portrayal of shame and alcohol addiction, on the one hand, and the mystery of murder and violence against women, on the other, in Paula Hawkins’s thriller The Girl on the Train (2015). This article argues that Hawkins’s book uses the thriller formula to reveal the links between gender and violence by delving into the vulnerability, suffering and resilience of the female characters through the stories of alcoholic troubled protagonist, Rachael Watson and the mystery of Megan Hipwell’s murder.
Keywords: alcohol addiction, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins, mystery, shame, thrillers, Shame Resilience Theory, violence against women
Cite as: Jaber, M. H. (2021). Shame and Alcoholism in Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 5 (4) 60-71. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol5no4.5
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