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The Manchurian Candidate Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Topics for Discussion

In both film versions of The Manchurian Candidate, the main character is Ben Marco instead of Raymond Shaw. What differences between the novel form and the movie medium cause Marco to be a better choice as leading man than Raymond Shaw?

Raymond's mother was sexually abused as a child, and afterward uses sex as one method of controlling the men in her life. What other aspects of Eleanor Iselin's personality might have their roots in this early experience?

Despite Raymond's hatred for his mother, he gives in to her requests even while not under the influence of the mental trigger. He agrees to be photographed with her at the Medal of Honor ceremony, and even travels with her to Europe. What do you know about Raymond (or his mother) that would explain this?

The Communists control Raymond Shaw by means of subconscious mental conditioning, but Marco's meeting...

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