Sue Grafton

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  • Women In Detective Fiction

    fearless and unemotional men who are good fighters, and gunmen with ‘slick mouths’. The private investigator tradition has slightly deviated since its introduction during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Women have transitioned from being femme fatales to intelligent, strong private investigators. Rex Stout introduced the first female private eye in 1937 but it was not until the 1970’s that female writers such as P.D James, Marcia Muller, Sue Grafton, Liza Cody, Karen Kijewski, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, and Sara Paretsky presented their own version of the tough, modern, female private investigator. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s empowered women to strive towards equality and this was a motivational factor for the emergence of women in private investigator fiction. Women-authored hard-boiled detective fiction can be labelled feminist because it seeks to alter the generic and gendered conventions of literary and social behavior. This paper will explore the works of Sue Grafton in Full Circle and Sara Paretsky in Skin Deep. Sue Grafton was born on April 24th 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated with an English degree in 1961 from the University of Louisville. After spending twenty years writing screenplays, television scripts, and two novels, she finally entered the mystery/ detective genre. She is best known as the author of the Alphabet Series which feature Kinsey Millhone, a tough female private investigator who lives and works in the fictitious Santa…

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  • The Parker Shotgun Analysis

    In Sue Grafton’s The Parker Shotgun, Jackie and Bill Barnett exhibit covetous behavior for the highly-sought-after Parker shotgun that Kinsey Millhone recognizes to identify the culprit of Rudd’s murder, thus indicating that excessive acquisitiveness often triggers unpredictable, heartless actions. In Kinsey’s first encounter with Jackie, Jackie discloses that she had a miserable marriage with Bill due to the fact that his extravagant promises to her were lies. Kinsey meets Jackie in Jackie’s…

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  • Psychological Changes In Pleasantville

    when she’s in Pleasantville, Skip calls her smart. This can be seen when Jennifer’s in class and they’re learning about the only two existing streets in Pleasantville. Jennifer raises her hand and asks “What’s outside of Pleasantville?” This shows that Jennifer is actually curious and genuinely wants to know what’s outside of Pleasantville because it doesn’t make sense to her. Another example would be when Jennifer starts reading books and starts going to the library free willingly. One day…

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  • Baron Armand De Valfort: The Monologue Of Sanvergogne

    After the visit of the Baron Armand de Valfort, I decided to go, without delay, talk to my old friend, and part time collaborator, Jean Vigogne- better known as Sanvergogne, a nickname he inherited many years ago, when he was a cat burglar. This appellation fitted him so well, that he adopted it, in the same way one chooses to wear, every day, the same pair of shoes, because it feels so comfortable. Indeed, I don’t remember, during all the years we knew each other, having ever called him by any…

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  • To Kill A Mockingbird And The Secret Life Of Bees: Literary Analysis

    ‘’ People who think dying is the worst thing don 't know a thing about life’’ (Sue Monk Kidd).It means that even by living and going through life, things aren’t always as they seem like living with someone else’s death can be more painful than dying. Authors generally write books to convey messages, teach life lesson or to demonstrate the social problem depending on the era the book is based on. Sue Monk Kidd and Harper Lee are the authors who were able to transmit lessons and messages through…

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  • Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life Of Bees

    Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees is an exemplary novel which reveals the racism, sexism, and overall discrimination that unfolded in the south. The Secret Life of Bees transports the reader to the year of 1964 in South Carolina, where racial tensions were almost as high as the temperatures and people were surrounded by oppression. During this humid summer a young girl named Lily Owens runs away from her abusive father T. Ray, in search of her mother's past and the truth behind her tragic…

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  • The Wailing Wall In Jerusalem In The Secret Life Of Bees

    The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem When August was telling Lily about May she said, “Everything just comes to her- all the suffering out there- and she feels as if it’s happening to her” (Kidd 95). The Secret Life of Bees is a story about a girl named Lily who runs away from home to find a family called the Boatwright’s. They are cultured woman who are like mothers to Lily. May, who stands in as one of Lily’s mothers, has a tough time coping with life so she builds her own little Wailing Wall in her…

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  • Sarah Grimke Character Analysis

    after her birthday, Sarah is buried with an impractical burden. As she approaches Handful’s mother, Charlotte, she takes attention to the kindness of the woman as she is caring for an undeveloped barn owl, to where she requests Sarah to accomplish a mission for her. Charlotte’s kind request is strengthened by the gleaming, saintly behavior that is shown on her auburn face, making the agreement between the ladies feel irreversible. For her, life’s tight shackles have left her resorting to her…

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  • Sue Monk Kidd Research Paper

    from their own personal memories when writing. Sue Monk Kidd is no exception. Kidd is a feminist and a writer-activist known for writing fiction reflecting the context of the civil rights movement in The United States. Combining the best aspects of fiction and broad conceptual ideals, Kidd used narrative as a tool for igniting social change. The significance of Sue Monk Kidd’s life, work, and legacy will last for years to come. Sue Monk Kidd was born and raised in the south, in the town of…

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  • Symbolism In The Secret Life Of Bees

    Sue Monk Kidd adopts many themes and uses many symbols throughout the book "The Secret Life of Bees." The book takes place in the 1960 's. During this time, the fight for Civil Rights was taking place, so racism played a role in the book. The main themes that developed were female power, prejudice, and forgiveness. The main symbols used were the bees, the black Mary, and the whale pin along with the photograph. During this time period, women did not have a say in much at all. Female power was…

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