The Movie ' Rear Window ' By Alfred Hitchcock Essay

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Traditional crime stories have changed over time due to the values and changing contexts within different societies. The film ‘Rear Window’ composed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954, America and the short detective story ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ in the novel ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1891, England illustrate how the values and changing contexts within a society contributes to the changing conventions of the genre of crime. Crime texts are valued and appropriated into a range of contexts predominantly due to the fact that they convey a community’s moral, ethical and cultural concerns. The values of a society, including gender equality, justice, social security and science, as well as the changing contexts within a society, including the fear of communism, the mistrust of the authority, the advancement of technology and consumerism have changed the traditional features of crime writing.

Both early and later manifestations of a crime text are valued contrastingly depending on what responders value and believe at a precise time. First published in 1891, the short novel ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ highlights issues from the late 19th century suffrage movement, the beginning of women’s rights. The positive and negative attitudes the characters had towards Irene Adler reflect the views the people of the Victorian era had towards women’s rights. Anti-suffragist views held by the majority of men who believed they were superior to women were…

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