Whilst setting up a puzzle to be solved, good crime fiction also takes
the opportunity to explore and comment on the world it is depicting by
conforming to and subverting the conventions of crime fiction. This
can be seen in David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars in which he
utilizes and adapts the conventions of the courtroom drama, enabling
him to not only present a murder mystery, but also to explore the
prejudices on an American 1950s audience and comment on its
manifestations in today’s society. Similarly, Howard Hawkes’ film The
Big Sleep explores and comments on the values of his world of
immediate post WWII American society, rather than just “[setting] up a
puzzle”. Anither example of good crime fiction is agatha Christie’s
And Then There Were None, utilizing the conventions of the cozy in
order to fulfil the dual purpose of setting up a puzzle and exploring
and commenting on the class structures and expectations of the world
she is depicting – 1020s Britain. Through conforming to and subverting
the police procedural sub genre, Anthony Zulitch in the Pledging Mr
Johnson episode of Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) also presents good
crime fiction by extending beyond presenting a mystery to make
relevant commentary on a modern American world.
Again – try to simplify the opening. Let the line of argument stand
out more clearly.
Guterson wrote Snow Falling on Cedars primarily to explore and comment
on the human condition, demonstrating the truth of the statement that
“good crime fiction” does not merely present a puzzle to be solved. By
adapting the conventions of the courtroom dram...
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...le to be solved; they also explore and
comment on the world they depict. Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars, I
adapting the courtroom drama, is able to explore racial prejudice and
comment on the contradictions of its manifestation in today’s society
as well as our values of moral responsibility. In Hawkes’ The Big
Sleep, the exploration and commentary provided on the violence yet
optimism of post WWII America makes it a good crime fiction text.
Similarly, Christie’s abi;lity, not only to present a puzzle but also
to explore the values of her world - middle class 1920s Britain, as
well as Zulitch’s abilty to explore and comment on modern America’s
expectations, make them good crime fiction.
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better than the first one I marked but it still can be better.
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