Analysis Of ' The Big Sleep ' Essay

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Women in The Big Sleep
As I have mentioned before, this was true in the case of the rise of feminism. Before the turn of the century, “Women arrived, en masse, [to the Western frontier], and the ‘male-dominated homosocial world of gold rush California’ gave way to a ‘settled domestic Victorian discipline’” (Hoefer 49). That ‘Victorian discipline’ gave way in the 1920s to a deviant social norm, exemplified by Carmen and to a lesser extent Vivian. Right before Marlowe expresses how much he dislikes the rich, he gives this reason for it: “A pretty, spoiled and not very bright little girl who had gone very, very wrong, and nobody was doing anything about it” (Chandler 70). Before we move forward, it will be beneficial to discuss the portrayal of women in the novel and especially Carmen.
Women in the novel are highly sexualized. The best example of this is when Marlowe described Vivian Regan. An entire paragraph is spent describing her body and appearance from the bottom up. As Marlowe so eloquently put it, “She was worth a stare” (Chandler 16). Vivian, the eldest daughter of Sternwood, is smart and sassy. Another woman who is not so smart but still just as sassy is Agnes. She is also described in the same highly sexualized manner, like when Marlowe says, “She approached me with enough sex appeal to stampede a businessmen’s lunch” (Chandler 23). In both cases, Vivian and Agnes’ most important characteristic is how sexy there are to Marlowe.
Interestingly enough, the only woman…

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