The Big Sleep By Raymond Chandler

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In Raymond Chandler’s novel The Big Sleep, a private detective is trying to unravel a blackmailing case for a dying millionaire, General Sternwood. Philip Marlowe, the detective, finds that the case not only involves blackmail, but also homicide. Set and written in 1930’s America, the economic devastation of the Great Depression has a significant influence on the book’s plot, and showcases character’s struggle to retain honor and virtue in a world that revolves around profit-seeking delinquency and organized corruption. Marlowe’s work as a private detective brings him face to face with criminals of every variety, and each corresponds to a piece on the chessboard that appears repeatedly in the story. Marlowe’s symbolic identity is the…show more content…
The newspapers in the city of Los Angeles show how the people of the city are corrupt. A person uses a newspaper to understand, but in The Big Sleep the newspapers lie about the truth. The deceitfulness of the newspapers is seen when they lie about murders. Geiger had been slain by the Sternwood 's chauffeur, Owen Taylor, but the newspapers claimed that a man named Joe Brody, who was a small time criminal, another pawn in the game, was responsible for the murder. Even bigger players, like gambling ring leader Eddie Mars states, “I get them the way they happen, not the way you read them in the papers,” (Chandler 131) even further showing how stories are changed by the police for their benefit and the truth is hidden from the papers, and therefore from the public. The... Unique writing style is definitely an essential element in any piece of writing, and Raymond Chandler uses his style efficiently in The Big Sleep. Chandler 's style is one that seems to come easily to him and it also seems very natural to the reader, perhaps because there is not a lot of high, eloquent language. Rich in description and dialogue, the characters seem more realistic to the reader as a result of such details and natural speech. Chandler includes many descriptive words, similes, metaphors; yet they are not complicated or ambiguous which may lead to
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