What ideas and values reflected in and through your texts, and how do these texts challenge the conventions and values for the traditional crime story? The purpose of each text and stylistic features
Many crime fiction texts are produced to reflect and explore certain aspects of different societies, and developed conventions have allowed the development of the hard-boiled school. The Golden Age of crime fiction tends to focus on the plot, the setting and the intricate method of detection, while the hard boiled relies more on force and “gut-feelings” than ingenuity. The setting change from locked room conventions to large cities and massive chaos after the crime, taking the reader through a journey of what people envisaged as the experience of America’s exciting cities. The 100th Man houses many classic hard-boiled conventions, but contemporary versions have evolved to suit its culture, e.g instead of living in a rundown office with a type-writer and women seeking aid, the protagonist lives in a modest (but not run down) house near the beach, where women come, but requiring help in a different manner. Purpose is to satirize conventional crime-fiction genre and does so through parodying The Mousetrap. An example is making the radio extremely specific when it comes to the where-abbots of the criminal, directly relating to the radio in the Mousetrap when it describes the clothes of the suspect which Giles Ralston is wearing, while in the real Inspector Hound the suffix (ish) is added for comic effect and paradoy. However in The Real Inspector Hound the body isn’t discovered for much of the play, an unusual convention in itself, but also means there is no chaos after the crime, at least, not straight away. This contradicts Christie as in her story the body is found straight away and there is chaos among the characters. Another contradiction of generic conventions is he way justice isn’t applied when the murderer is revealed, which is happens in Christie’s and often in hard-boiled school. The purpose being to parody the play and such conventions. There is also the case of the incompetence of the detective, which again is opposite to that of Mousetrap and hard-boiled, and the fact there is more than one detective contradicts Christie’s and the hard-boiled, but not modern hard-boiled, as it is presently popular for their to be two detective’s, as to bring in some suspense and excitement for the reader in assessing to different detectives. How the genre adapts to new social, political, historical or geographical contexts The values expressed through the text- gender, race, class
Prevalent ideas and values reflected in my texts are the author’s reflections on society, in which his values are incorporated. For example, in the 100th man American hard-boiled conventions still apply, but in different context. An aspect of classic hard-boiled stories is that the private eye has an ambivalent attitude towards the police. On the one hand, he realizes that both the "cops" and he himself are fighting on the same side. On the other hand, especially where police corruption and foul play are involved, it is his ambition to save America and rid it of its mean elements all by himself. This refers to corruption and incapability of police, reflected in most classic crime fiction stories, while in the case of the 100th man it is the high ranking police chiefs that hamper the investigation of the protagonist. This reflects how the view of police has gone from incompetence and untrustworthiness to being related to by the audience, and it is those with much power that are considered incompetent. This has come about from the humanizing of police, giving the audience a chance to relate with the protagonist, reflecting the author’s positive view of police, which probably mirrors the view of society, and shows they value police with modesty and integrity. The Real Inspector Hound was written in the 1960’s, a time when marginalized groups were starting...
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