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    “Private Eye” or tough “Hard-boiled” private investigator detective fiction is the classification most dominated by American writers (Mansfield-Kelly 205). One of the founders and innovators of the private investigator is Dashiell Hammett. And is also “The most influential figure in the structuring of hard-boiled detective fiction,” (Mansfield-Kelly 229). He wrote the first tough-guy detective in “The Gutting of Couffignal”, named Continental OP and wrote The Maltese Falcon (Mansfield-Kelly 229). This author has paved the way for future authors and filmmakers to adapt the genre for current audiences like director Rian Johnson of the movie Brick. Johnson uses Hammett’s layout to make Brick by giving it a setting, investigator characteristics that show toughness and loneliness, and with corruption. In all stories, the setting of a movie or a novel is one of the most important parts of a story. The only way an investigator can be successful in a city or environment is to know it…

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    “Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction” (Erich Fromm). In The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man written by Dashiell Hammett, Hammett displays the high increase of criminal activity that takes place during the prohibition era in the United States. In Hammett’s novels, the characters’ monetary greed leads to negative consequences. As a result of their monetary greed, the characters face death, in-humanity, and…

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    Simmons Mr. Smith Block 1 15 September 2015 Sam Spade was Misused and Abused A victim is a person that is tricked or swindled. In the novel The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, deception plays a big role. Throughout the story Sam Spade is deceived and taken advantage of in the story by Bridgid O'Shaughnessy. She is a compulsive liar and lies about almost everything in order to get an advantage of receiving the falcon. She is not completely honest with her relationship between her and the…

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    suspect in a crime cannot be detained in a jail until they are convicted. These rights are guaranteed in the Fourth and Fifth Amendment of the United States of America. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett is a novel that can be used in a government class to teach students about the Fourth and Fifth Amendment. The Fifth Amendment is a provision that relates to the criminal law. It guarantees the due process law to everyone and the right not to be forced to answer questions from the authority…

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    Wise explains that she told him about the attempted divorce, and Spade interrupts, saying “‘I know all that’…‘You can skip it. Get to the part I don’t know’” (Hammett 110). In this declaration, Spade indicates that he lacks knowledge regarding Iva’s life and whereabouts. Spade goes to Wise with the intention of learning information; he doesn’t infer or intuit or analyze evidence like Dupin. Spade’s method of gaining knowledge is through asking questions. This method of gaining knowledge hinders…

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    The Pursuit Of Wealth

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    the root of all evil (The New American Bible). This excerpt from the bible still holds true today. Some people in their effort to become wealthy will do anything to achieve wealth. The society today still equals wealth with power. Wealth in itself is not evil, it is the love of it that is evil. The love of money is what leads to corruption, embezzlement, human trafficking, drug smuggling, gambling, robbery and other social vices. Dashiell Hammett moral message about the relentless pursuit of…

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    The Gutting of Couffignal written by Dashiell Hammett is a crime fiction short story. It follows a nameless Private Investigator, the continental Op, as he experiences and solves a robbery in the small island of Couffignal. Throughout the story the Op’s mannerisms show he is a sensitive person not only a hardened investigator. The Op is cynical because being a detective has forced him to see the bad in the world. This has caused him to mistrust peOple on first contact and also a defense…

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    The Gutting of Couffignal written by Dashiell Hammett is a crime fiction short story. It follows a nameless Private Investigator, the continental op, as he experiences and solves a robbery in the small island of Couffignal. Throughout the story the op’s mannerisms show that he is a sensitive person not only a harden investigator. The Op is cynical because being a detective has forced him to see the bad in the world. This has caused him to mistrust people on first contact. It is also a defense…

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    leave this earth. In the Maltese falcon there are several examples of the stereotype of sexism against women. In the novel, there are two main women and they are all portrayed to be emotional and very flirtatious. For example, when one of the main characters Brigid, makes the statement to spade “Can I buy you with my body?” (Hammett 57) it shows the desperateness and in a way the lack of morals that she has in order to get what she wants. Alongside that example is another between Spade and…

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    The hard-boiled detective, in noir tradition, is typically depicted as a lone wolf figure, one that upholds morality while balancing the corruption inherent in his line of work. He could be defined by his sexual potency, just as much as by his denial of pleasure. Raymond Chandler, in his 1950 essay, The Simple Art of Murder, outlines this archetype, with an authority appropriate to his foundational authorship. Chandler writes, “He talks as the man of his age talks, that is, with rude wit, a…

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