Summary Of Characterization In 'The Case Of The Four And Twenty Blackbirds'

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Characterization is skillfully used to help the reader understand what type of private investigator the main character is and would need to be used for an adaptation of a film. Neil Gaiman states, “I 'm a private dick, and one of the best, although you wouldn 't have known it; the office was crumbling, the rent was unpaid…” (Gaiman). The character establishes that he is not liked by many; however, he believes he is the best private investigator. Nonetheless, his office displays otherwise. The office is falling apart and his rent is unpaid. People would rather not work with him because of his attitude; though he might have been the best person to get the job done. Another use of characterization is when the author gives some backstory to the main character. The author continues to write, “Whenever I played with the big boys I always wound up having the stuffing beaten out of me. But how…show more content…
Neil Gaiman describes the tone, “Outside the rain fell steadily, like it seems to do most of the time in our fair city…” (Gaiman). This use of imagery set up a tone of an area that is damp and raining majority of the time. In most cases, an area that is predominantly wet would not be a popular area where people would like to live. The author continues to write, “Parts of town where the police travel in threes if they travel at all. In my line of work you get to visit them more than is healthy” (Gaiman). The author again establishes a gritty tone and explains how certain parts of the town are rough to travel to. This area is a place that a person is either forced to go, or is a type of person that causes the area to be frightening to go to. In fact, the people that are hired to protect others is scared to travel to this area, in less they have backup. This type of tone is important to have when converting a book into a successful

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