The Big Sleep By Raymond Chandler And Film High Noon Essay

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The American male fantasy is one that is often portrayed by the heroes in the books and films we watch. They tend to be strong, moral and exciting characters that men look up to. Therefore, these texts carry a lot of weight in terms of the reflection of society and the male perspective on life. Using the novel The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and the film High Noon directed by Fred Zinnemann, this paper will argue that there are certainly element within the texts that both support and counter the claim that the pervasive American male fantasy is life without women.give the audience contrasting portrayals of female characters and give us a look into how the male characters and heroes view and react to these women. Carmen and Vivian Sternwood represent archetypal women who are portrayed as weak and subordinate to the male characters. Philip Marlowe is a morally string detective who takes great pride in his work and is loyal to his boss, General Sternwood. Chandler and Zinnemann have contrasting female characters in their respective texts who use their femininity in different ways to accomplish different objectives. The texts also show how men view the female characters differently. The dominant female characters in The Big Sleep are Carmen and Vivian Sternwood, the daughters of General Sternwood. As spoiled sisters, they are used to getting their own way. This is seen through their attempts to lure Marlowe into sleeping with them. In doing so they are using their sexual…

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