Dashiell Hammett

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  • Dashiell Hammett's Use Of Corruption In The Movie Brick

    “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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  • Comparing Foucault's Discipline And Punish

    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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  • America's First Ten Amendments

    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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  • The Thin Man Character Analysis

    “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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  • The Pursuit Of Wealth

    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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  • Analysis Of Raymond Chandler's 'The Simple Art Of Murder'

    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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  • Justice In Hammett's The Maltese Falcon

    In the Maltese Falcon, Hammett builds a detective through the genre of hardboiled fiction and his writing style. Like a boiled egg that has lost all softness. “The writing style is gritty and tough.”(the big read). In the writing a hard boiled detective is a “man at odds with society, whose motivation stems not from monetary reward but from a personal code and the search for truth.”Throughout the novel, Spade’s definition of a detective comes to be a hardboiled hero that isn’t afraid to use…

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  • Examples Of Sexism In The Maltese Falcon

    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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  • Corruption In Dashiel Hammett's Red Harvest

    Does it really grind your gears? Wish there was something you could do about it. Dashiel Hammett’s Red Harvest is just that, the safe way to immerse yourself in action of revenge to those low down crooks that have done you wrong. Set in the grime and greed of the 1930’s, Hammett’s Red Harvest, is worded in the vernacular of the times which brings out the Al Capone gangster out of every reader. The theme is a righteous blood bath staring a detective trying to do right in a world gone wrong.…

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  • Stage To Lordsburg Literary Analysis

    The three works that will be analyzed in this essay are “ Stage to Lordsburg” by Ernest Haycox, “ The Big Sleep” directed by Howard Hawks, and “ Too Many have Lived/They Can Only Hang You Once” by Dashiell Hammett. Each of these works has a unique approach to storytelling, but they all share similar characteristics as well. “Stage of Lordsburg” , “ The Big Sleep” , and “Too Many have Lived” all demonstrate different as well as similar tools in literature, such as characterization and imagery.…

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