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

Psychological Research Center
Baghdad, Iraq


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.

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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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Maysaa Jaber is a lecturer at the Psychological Research Center and teaches different modules on literature to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Baghdad. She published with Palgrave, Cambridge Scholars, The Canadian Review of American Studies, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, and Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. Her first manuscript The Criminal Femmes Fatales in American Hardboiled Crime Fiction came out in 2016 with Palgrave Macmillan, Springer.  ORCID ID:  https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4840-6598