Clash of Sensibilities and Betrayal in "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins


  • Dr. Jaswant Singh Malik Maharishi Markandeshwar University Mullana-Ambala


Marriage, women, clash


"To everyone else in this carriage I must look normal; I'm doing what they do: commuting to
work;…" these self-realization of Rachel is sufficient to prove that she is no more a normal lady
after broken marriage and trust. Fiction is the expression of the most intimate awareness of the
environment wherein it is written. It can be well perceived as society ruminating aloud and bring
into focus its very sinews. The aim of the present study is to analyze the artistic genius of Paula
Hawkins to surface the implications of broken marriages and trust in the context of present day
society. The first person narrative of the story keeps the reader interested to know the view point
of all three female protagonists about each and every incident. It also allow them reveal their ideas
and feelings up to full extent. For example Megan tell Kamal Abdic that she feels the absence of
love and affection in the behavior of her husband Scott for her. She longs to listen to him, but he
hardly speaks to her now. The indifferent behavior of her husband has negative impacts on her.
She feels herself closer to Kamal Abdic and tries to seduce him. To love someone is easy, but trust
someone requires a lot more endeavour. Because when trust is breached, it completely shakes the
personality of the person at the receiving end. In this paper I tried to highlight the psychological,
physical, mental and social changes in the personalities of Rachel, Anna and Megan.

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Dr. Jaswant Singh Malik. (2016). Clash of Sensibilities and Betrayal in "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins. BRICS JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, 6(4), 182-183. Retrieved from