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  • The Big Sleep Essay - 964 Words
    Ellie George Mr. Press Mystery Fiction 2 25 March 2013 Phillip Marlowe: A Knight in Tarnished Armor The Big Sleep, an American hard-boiled detective fiction novel by Raymond Chandler may appear to contain only example after example of corruption in America in the 1930s, however it is difficult for the reader to not find the character of Phillip Marlowe refreshing. Philip Marlowe is a private detective with his own practice in Los Angeles. He is an honest detective in a corrupt world, full...
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  • 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?
    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,...
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  • Iman - 895 Words
    Distinctive voices can change our perceptions and views towards an individual. All texts present distinctive voices, no matter what form of text or who the composer is. Distinctive voices are created in texts through the use of the characters, enemies and setting.. creates the distinctive voice of a “hard-boiled” detective This is evident in Marele Day’s novel commencing with ‘The blonde slept on. Thank god the black suit was hanging in the wardrobe”. By using no specific gender, the reader is...
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  • Distinctive Voice Essay - 431 Words
    A distinctive voice is one in which challenges society’s values and or beliefs within a given context. In the text the life and crimes of harry lavender; Marele day has formed an incredibly distinctive voice in crime fiction. By subverting the elements of the hardboiled detective genre. Day has startled her audience with the distinctive voice of Claudia valentine, a 1980’s female private investigator in Sydney. The composer has used a range of techniques including first person narration and...
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  • Extension English 1 Hard Boiled Essay
    ESSAY PRACTICE – HARD BOILED ‘It is the moral struggles of the ‘Private Investigator’, coping with the forces of good and evil in his world, as much as an investigation of a crime, that responders find so appealing in ‘hard boiled’ crime fiction.’ Write an essay in which you personally evaluate the extent to which this statement is a fair assessment of the ‘hard boiled’ sub-genre in Crime Writing. You need to make direct reference to at least four texts (excerpts, images, book covers, films,...
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  • Traits of Marlow in the Big Sleep
    Marlowe - The Big Sleep What are my traits? Marlowe runs a single man operation out of the Cahuenga building in Los Angeles. He is tall and big enough to take care of himself. And his interests are Liquor, women, reading, chess and working alone. He is educated enough that he can speak English ‘if he's required to'. Marlowe used to work for the district attorney, but was fired for insubordination. Philip Marlowe, a private detective. Tall, dark, and rugged, with a poker face and a...
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  • Harry Lavender - 2753 Words
    The Life and Times of Harry Lavender – Related Text Bill Simon – Subverting the Popular Culture Genre • Marele Day: “it allowed a greater questioning of traditional roles” – On Writing a Feminist Detective Novel • Representation of female roles in our society is an important issue in this text • Use of this genre accommodates the visualisation of the city of Sydney • Day’s feminist concerns are expressed through her subversion of the male dominated hard boiled detective genre • Popular...
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  • The Long Goodbye - 2677 Words
    Hein Aung Amy Katherine Cannon Writing 39B 17 Nov. 2014 The Long Goodbye: The Social Impacts of the Novel “The image of Los Angeles by the 1950s was, in contrast, that of the wasteland: in the cold, hard city one was overwhelmed by emptiness, desolation, and despair,” as quoted in the article The Dark Side of the Dream by Tina Olsin Lent, overpopulation and industrialization were the major factors that led to gradual deterioration of the city of Los Angeles. Urbanization, invoked by the...
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  • Genre of Crime Writing - 1333 Words
    New sub-genres of Crime writing fiction are created through the evolutions, subversions and transformations of the classic detective genre to suit the constant flux of values and morals. The interplay of traditional and innovative conventions of the crime writing fiction genre is demonstrated through Alfred Hitchcock’s “rear window” and Marele Day’s “Life and crimes of Harry Lavender” this can be witnessed through the analysis of such crime writing conventions as the detective and a change in...
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  • Harry Lavander; Distinctive Voices
    Lesson introduction Tuesday, 5 July 2011 1:55 PM Homework: Experiment with One Note Today's Topics: • Distinctive Voices • 'The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender' Most Important Facts Covered Today: The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender Page 1 The Opening Tuesday, 5 July 2011 1:43 PM a) Identify 3 techniques used in the opening paragraph. b) Is the 'voice' we hear that of a female or male? Give reasons that it could be either. c) Describe the typical detective. Watch the following...
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  • Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender
    The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender is crime novel about contemporary Australian life, written with all the ambiguity and moral sophistication of most “who dun-nits ". It looks like crime, and sounds like crime, and sells like crime, but -- it’s Literature! Its Opening is a subversion of the genre - a reversal of expectation as we are duped into believing this is your typical male private eye (P.I.). The role reversal - a female in a traditional male dominated field; women can do everything...
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  • Genre - 1643 Words
    Crime fiction is a diverse and appealing genre. It is its unique capacity to evolve and transcend contextual barriers to suit changing paradigms that has ensured its popularity throughout time. Thematically, crime fiction has motifs such as the restoration of order, good overcoming evil, human nature and the completion of justice. However, it is the subversion of these conventions which exemplify the fluidity of the crime fiction genre, and thus, its diverse and appealing nature. The extent of...
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  • They Gu - 1249 Words
    Harry Lavender Deconstruction The distinct voice of claudia valentine is shown in Marcel Day's novel the life and crimes of harry lavender where a simile and paradox is used “I woke up felling like death. Ironically appropriate given what the day held in store”. Here we see how Valentine is living life close to the edge and helps build suspence blah blahh bla so all u have to do is go "the distincive voice of this person is shown when then chuck a quote in and write a sentece telling the...
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  • Hard Boiled Crime Fiction
    Universiteit Gent Faculteit Letteren & Wijsbegeerte Academiejaar 2010 - 2011 HARD-BOILED CRIME FICTION IN MICHAEL CHABON'S THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION Dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of “Master in de Taal- en Letterkunde: Engels” by Pieter Colpaer Supervisor: Dr. Pieter Vermeulen 


































 




































































































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  • English Crime Fiction Essay
    Through the film L.A. Confidential by Curtis Hansen and the novel The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender by Marele Day, the composers manipulate the expectations and conventions of crime genre to generate their own representations of society. These crafted views of crime in society position the audience to view certain aspects of society differently, and to question the boundaries and norms currently set up. The audiences of both texts are encouraged to take a position on the truth behind...
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  • Crime Fiction Essay - 2419 Words
    To what extent does the representation of female agency in a crime novel depend upon the presence of a female detective protagonist? All world societies are gendered; they are structured such that both men and women are expected to fulfil certain cultural roles based on their biological characteristics. For example, men are expected to be the providers and protectors and women to bear children and be homemakers. Due to this gendered structure, most societies are as equally patriarchal and...
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  • Tartan Noir Genre - 2819 Words
     Tartan Noir : Ian Rankin Julie H. Kim in her introduction to Race and Religion in the Postcolonial British Detective Story notices that the detectives today are more and more defined by their ethnicity rather than by Poe's style of reasoning to solve a mysteries. It is hard to disagree with this statement. One look at book covers seems to confirm this view. Detective stories are now sold as Tartan Noir, Nordic Noir, Emerald Noir. The detectives are no longer defined only by their...
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  • Harry Lavender - 327 Words
    Good morning/ afternoon, teacher and HSC students, Distinctive voices are an imperative device of language as there are various types and functions of voices in texts. The way language is used to create voices in texts and to show how it is used to express the interpretation and to shape the meaning of distinctive voices, I will be using examples from crime fiction text, “The life and Crimes of Harry Lavender” by Marele Day, which both supports and subverts the traditionally male hard-boiled...
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  • Claudia - Distinctive Voice - 353 Words
    sThe Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender Jessica Hobson Claudia has multiple voices reflecting her character and diverse experiences. Do you agree? How does your reading of the novel support this idea? Claudia is a complex, multi-dimensional character. Her various voices within The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender are shaped by both her experiences and values, which in turn reflect her use of language. Claudia’s ability of seamlessly shifting between the languages of different...
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  • Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender
     Female protagonists are challenged to break the stereotype that women are weak, and to instead illustrate that women are just as capable as men in most if not all things. Marele Day’s, “The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender” is a text in which the protagonist, Claudia Valentine subverts and challenges the male centred conventions of the crime fiction genre. She does this by being strong, who not only does the work of men, but also manages to thrive in a harsh setting where women are not...
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  • Harry Lavender Essay - 683 Words
    HARRY LAVENDER SPEECH GOOD MORNING As you all know, even a visual tells a story. However, characters in a text through distinctive voices demonstrate their personalities which contribute to an insightful understanding of the text. Marele Dey’s novel, The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender (Harry…) 1988 expounds the criminal activities of crime boss Harry Lavender whose distinctive voice though unheard is loudest in the text portraying his personality of a corrupt crime lord. In conjunction...
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  • The Big Sleep - 1217 Words
    Mathew Martinez Rosenberg Engl. 1147-104 Essay 5 4/18/12 Artificially Realistic: The Contradictions of the Detective Genre Raymond Chandler is a writer against the notion of the artificial detective story. He believes that the detective story should portray realism. However, the genre of realism is often seen as a boring style of writing that lacks the weight that an otherwise artificial story would sustain. Chandlers statements issued in “The Simple Art of Murder” are quite...
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  • Maltese Falcon - 1117 Words
    In traditional hard-boiled American detective fiction there are many themes that seem to transcend all novels. One of those themes is the concept of power and the role in which it plays in the interaction and development of characters. More specifically, the role of women within the novels can be scrutinized to better understand the power they hold over the other characters, their own lives and the direction of the story. Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon exemplifies the varying ways in...
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  • The Big Sleep: Point of View
    The Big Sleep: Point of View “I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it” (Chandler 3). In The Big Sleep, a hardboiled crime novel published in 1939 by Raymond Chandler, the protagonist, Philip Marlowe, effectively relates to his audience through first person point of view. Although there are several benefits of third person point of view, in first person readers are able to engage in the story and feel apart of the investigation. Chandler does this by providing...
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  • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
    Dashiell Hammett’s novel, The Maltese Falcon, is a hard-boiled detective novel; a subset of the mystery genre. Before the appearance of this sub-genre, mystery novels were mainly dominated by unrealistic cases and detectives like Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. As Malmgren states, “The murders in these stories are implausibly motivated, the plots completely artificial, and the characters pathetically two-dimensional, puppets and cardboard lovers, and paper mache villains and detectives of...
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  • Critical Analysis of the Skull Beneath the Skin
    It could be said that The Skull beneath the Skin is quite typical of the crime genre, however P.D. James has somewhat subverted the genre. The novel incorporates a combination of Intuitionist, Realist and Hard Boiled styles of crime fiction. Usually crime novels fall into one of the three afore mentioned styles. Although obviously an Intuitionist or classically styled crime novel, Skull beneath the Skins as I have previously stated incorporates all three creating a unique novel while still...
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  • Book Review on "Mercy" by Jussi Adler Olsen
    “Mercy“ - Jussi Adler Olsen The crime novel “Mercy“ by the renomated danish author Jussi Adler Olsen is the first one from a book serie about the police detective Carl Morck and his assistant Hafez el-Assad. As a consequence of a failed operation, which takes place before the point from where the story starts, Carl Morck has been taken off homocide to run a newly created department for unsolved cases. His first case is concerned with the circumstances around the disappearance of...
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  • The Simplicity of Raymond Chandler's the Big Sleep
    Raymond Chandler would like us to believe that The Big Sleep is just another example of hard-boiled detective fiction. He would like readers to see Philip Marlowe, Vivian Regan, Carmen Sternwood, Eddie Mars, and the rest of the characters as either "good guys" or "bad guys" with no deeper meaning or symbolism to them. I found the book simple and easy to understand; the problem was that it was too easy, too simple. Then came one part that totally stood out from the rest of the book &emdash; the...
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  • The Life & Crimes of Harry Lavender and the Hard Way Essay
    Distinctive voices are created in texts through the use of the protagonists, antagonists and setting. Contemporary composers manipulate characteristics of texts to portray its distinctive voice. This is evident in Marele Day’s novel the Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender, by the giving the protagonist Claudia Valentine - a hard boiled detective, the antagonist Harry Lavender – A major crime boss and Sydney each a distinctive voice. John Badham also incorporates this into the film The Hard way...
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  • Easy Rawlins - 1270 Words
    Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, a World War 2 veteran, has to fight for what he wants no matter what he has to do. Easy meets many different people in his new job as a detective some try to help him and some try to make him disappear. Easy’s friend Joppy gets Easy a job so Easy can pay off his mortgage. With this job Easy gets he meets Mr. Albright, Officer Miller, and Daphne Monet. These people have plenty to do on how Easy has to do things to get his money and save his house including his friend...
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  • Crime Fiction Analysis - 1493 Words
    Name of source: Law & Order Type of Source: Television Show Area of Study: Crime Fiction Basic Summary of Source Content: Paul Darnell is a convicted sex offender who is released from prison and just three months after his release, a young girl is found raped and murdered just around the corner from the ex-con’s childhood home. As the investigators discover that his childhood victim area is in the same town as the girl who was raped and killed, they decide to arrest him for...
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  • Robert Altman's the Long Goodbye as a Genre Revisionist Film
    "Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye attempts to do a very interesting thing. It tries to be all genre and no story… It makes no serious effort to reproduce the Raymond Chandler detective novel… it just takes all the characters out of that novel and lets them stew together in something that feels like a private-eye movie." ---ROGER EBERT (REVIEW) The period of American cinema between 1965 and 1975 produced many films that almost completely...
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  • Skull Beneath the Skin - 1351 Words
    The avowed aim of the crime fiction genre is a quest for justice for the victims of crime. This is driven by our fears and desires. It is the moral responsibility of the detective to solve the crime, and see that moral order is restored. As humans we have an innate sense that justice must be served; the quest of the detective becomes ours as well. Murder, being the ultimate crime reflects our fear of death and our desire to see moral retribution. It is part of the human condition to understand...
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  • Book Report: The Skull Beneath the Skin
    Conventions, The Skull Beneath The Skin. P.D. James claims to have used "the well worn conventions of the mystery to subvert them, stretch them, use them to say something true about characters, about men and women and the society in which they live" in her book 'The Skull Beneath the Skin'. She sought out to rewrite the 'cosy' style and she achieved this by challenging the traditional conventions. The Skull Beneath the Skin’ is almost a hybrid text because it is Contemporary but also blends...
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  • "The life and crimes of Harry lavender" by Marele Day.
    "Witty, wryly humorous and fast-paced, "The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender" is a thriller with a twist which brilliantly evokes the sleaze below the surface of the city's glittering façade". Is this what the novel is about? Marele Day's novel, "The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender" explores a large scope of issues related to crime and mystery writing. The use of simple language, symbolism, clever wit and a certain sense of satirical mockery all contribute to composing this witty, wryly...
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  • Harry Lavender Essay - 935 Words
    HARRY LAVENDER ESSAY All characters have their own distinctive voices but the main voice is Cluadia Valentine and she makes all other characters involved in her search to find the real truth of the crime that has been committed to Mark Bannister. Claudia Valentine is drawn into Harry Lavenders web of corruption and the world of organised crime behind Sydney's established image. Marele Days choice to take the traditional 'hardboiled' private investigator approach and not only challenge the...
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  • SAM SPADE - Character Analysis
    CHARACTER ANALYSIS ? SAM SPADE The mystery and the crime in are obviously paramount in the development and success of a good crime fiction novel, but anther key concern must certainly be the protagonist. Especially in hard-boiled fiction, where the detective is your eyes to the unknown world in which the novel is placed. Dashiell Hammett has constructed Sam Spade in a way so the protagonist has become a feature of the book, rather than merely a medium for the transfer of clue and information in...
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  • Crime Fiction - 1782 Words
    Emerson 1 Nick Emerson Professor Wilson English 115: 1 30 November 2010 These Dead Hands: A Study of Crime Fiction Since the form has never been perfected, it has never become fixed. The academians have never got their dead hands on it. It is still fluid, still too various for easy classification.(Horsley 1) While Raymond Chandler, the author of those words, would surely be against the classification attempted here, these “dead hands” of mine will attempt to share a study of what has...
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  • The Problem of Determination of Phraseology - 461 Words
    The problem of determination of phraseology, phraseological unit and classification of phraseological units interested home and oversea linguists (Sh.Balli, A.V.Counin, N.M.Shansciy, N.N.Amosova, A.I.Smirnitsciy, acad. V.V.Vinogradov, V.N.Teliya). In the given work we we consider the most current and complete notions of phraseology, phraseological unit and we analyse classifications FE, offered by home and oversea linguists, with the purpose of creation of the own classification built on the...
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  • The Big Sleep Movie and Novel
    The Big Sleep Movie and Novel On first inspection of Raymond Chandler's novel, The Big Sleep, the reader discovers that the story unravels quickly through the narrative voice of Philip Marlowe, the detective hired by the Sternwood family of Los Angeles to solve a mystery for them. The mystery concerns the General Sternwood's young daughter, and a one Mr. A. G. Geiger. Upon digging for the answer to this puzzle placed before Marlowe for a mere fee of $25 dollars a day plus...
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  • Devil in a Blue Dress Rhetorical Analysis Novel vs. Film
    Devil in a Blue Dress: Novel vs. Film The hardboiled mystery novel, Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley was first published in 1990 and was acknowledged by former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, as one of his many favorite novelists (Easy Writer). Taking place in post-war Los Angeles, the story is narrated by an African American laborer, Easy Rawlins, who is transformed into an L.A. detective after being pulled in to the affairs of local townspeople. The successful novel continued onto...
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  • Rear Window Sample - 1498 Words
    REAR WINDOW Sample Essay Successful crime writer's know how to realise their intentions of keeping the responder's mind constantly busy trying to work out ‘who dunnit', often feeling as though they are working side by side with the detective to solve the crime and find the murderer. As well as effective characterisation, character motivation, and settings, crime writers must know the conventions of their chosen sub genre and more importantly how to use and subvert these conventions to...
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  • The Long Goodbye Summary - 1165 Words
    A milestone in the genre, this novel demonstrated for the first time that hard-boiled fiction could serve as a vehicle for social comment and critique. While the apparent plot is slower paced and less metaphoric than Chandler's previous novels, the revealed plot shows him using his own life as a material, an autobiographical turn that prepared the way for Ross Macdonald. Marlowe meets and befriends English expatriate Terry Lennox, a drunk who has been abandoned by his ex-wife Sylvia, at The...
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  • The History of the Hard-Boiled Detective
    There are many sub-genres of detective fiction and hard-boiled fiction is one of them. What exactly is hard-boiled detective fiction? Hard-Boiled detective fiction is fiction that features tough, cynical, urban private eyes who expose corruption and frequently get injured in the course of their investigations ("Detective Fiction," Literary). Hard-Boiled fiction is considered one of the more popular sub-genres of detective fiction; there have been numerous films and novels about urban...
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  • Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender
    Technique & Justification Harry Lavenderpowerful, arrogant, smug, egotistical, sinister, ominous “I wake from this dream with the same coffin smile” -Metaphor, Personification Superhuman qualities, the feeling that he is pure evil as we think of vampires in coffins with wicked smiles brings out his distinctive voice. “Every person living and breathing, and many that were dead knew the name of that cancerous growth that went by the name of harry lavender” -Metaphor Gives us the feeling...
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  • Thick Headed Walter Mosley
    ‘’Thick-headed’’ is a short story written by Walter Mosley and part of an anthology called, ‘’The Plot Thickens’’. Each contributor had to ingeniously highlight a thick fog, a thick book and a thick steak. Walter Mosley is an American author best known for his writing in the field of crime fiction. ‘’Thick headed’’ is a very complex and difficult text to understand but nonetheless it is very suspenseful and entertaining. ‘’Thick headed’’ is written in the first person perspective of Paris...
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  • ENG 360 Final Exam 2
    ENG 360 Final Exam 1. 19th Century Detective Fiction – a genre which deals with fictionalized mystery crimes, which are often solved by the main story characters. In this genre it is common for the story to include clues and evidence for the readers to put together and try to solve the mystery independent of the detective. Doyle’s “A Scandal in Bohemia” is an example of 19th century detective fiction. 2. Whodunit – a plot driven detective story which allows the audience to participate in...
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  • Life and Crimes and Harry Lavender Distinctive Voices
    Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender Distinctive voices can change our perceptions and views towards an individual. This is shown in the novel “Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender” by Marele Day. The novel tells the story of Claudia Valentine, a private female detective and Harry Lavender, a ruthless individual who believes he has power over all of Sydney. The distinctive voices of both Harry and Claudia change our perspective towards the story and characters. Our main character Claudia has her own...
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  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler Analysis
    Second “Arbeidskrav” Eng-2118, British and American Crime Novel Anastasia Puzyreva Question № 2. One of the distinguishing marks of all crime fiction is its emphasis on a sense of “atmosphere”, “decorum”, and “verisimilitude”. Using a specific example from one of the texts on our reading list agree or disagree with this statement. 1. Introduction «One of the distinguishing marks of all crime fiction is its emphasis on a sense of “atmosphere”, “decorum”, and “verisimilitude”. »...
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  • Reading Response to the Maltese Falcon
    Reading Response to the Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. By Elgran [Course] [Instructor] [Date] The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, is a novel about Detective Sam Spade who is unknowingly lured into finding a seemingly valuable artwork called the Maltese Falcon. Along with is partner Miles Archer, Sam Spade is tricked by Miss Wonderly into tracking a Floyd Thursby who according to her initial story at the beginning was running off with her younger sister. Spade and...
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