Dashiell Hammett Essays

  • The Maltese Falcon By Dashiell Hammett

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    Dashiell Hammett’s novel, The Maltese Falcon, is a hard-boiled detective novel; a subset of the mystery genre. Before the appearance of this sub-genre, mystery novels were mainly dominated by unrealistic cases and detectives like Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. As Malmgren states, “The murders in these stories are implausibly motivated, the plots completely artificial, and the characters pathetically two-dimensional, puppets and cardboard lovers, and paper mache villains and detectives of exquisite

  • Lessons from "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett

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    The Maltese Falcon is a novel written by Dashiell Hammett in 1929. It was originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, in 1930. Readers and critics see this book as one of the best detective novels ever written, but they also see it as a great piece of literature. With 217 pages, it is an easy read but is a stimulating story. The main character of this book is a private investigator named Sam Spade. The story revolves around him being lied to and interrogated constantly by people who

  • Detective story discussion The Gatewood Caper by Dashiell Hammett.

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    Detective story discussion The Gatewood Caper by Dashiell Hammett. " The Gatewood Caper" --------------------- " The Gatewood Caper" by Dashiell Hammett is not just an exciting detective story; its characters are real and fascinating people who are just as believable now as when they were first created. ------------------------------------------------------------------- " The Gatewood Caper" is a detective story written by the writer Dashiell Hammett. It was written and set during the 1920s in

  • What Is The Use Of Setting In Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon

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    Dashiell Hammett provides us with The Maltese Falcon. This novel has a wide range of interesting characters and events that takes place in the 1930s. It is a story that is practically impossible to interpret until the very end. The novel takes the reader through many events, but these events seem completely irrelevant to each other. The main conflicts of the story is the unknown location of a valuable item, known as the Maltese falcon. The dark, violent, and unexpected style of writing in this

  • The Maltese Falcon Sparknotes

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    The Maltese Falcon in some ways, is your standard crime/detective novel. The plot revolves around a detective named Sam Spade who works the streets of San Francisco in hopes of solving a mystery in which a ‘Falcon’ was stolen and lost. Dashiell Hammet makes his novel differ by his use of the ending. As we progress through the novel, we come to find that they do not ever actually find the Falcon. This strange detail is what sets it apart from your standard crime novel. City Primeval: High Noon in

  • The Significance Of The Black Bird In The Maltese Falcon

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    In Dashiell Hammet’s The Maltese Falcon, the "black bird" serves as a crucial link connecting Sam Spade and Brigid O’ Shaughnessy. The black bird functions as the structural bond of Spade and Brigid’s relationship because it represents their greed and desire for wealth. Hammet points out that the Brigid’s greed for the bird causes her to utilize detective Spade as a tool: "Help me, Mr. Spade. Help me because I need help so badly, and because if you don’t where will I find anyone who can, no matter

  • Red Harvest Sparknotes

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    time, and the Film Noir genre where nothing is as it seems, there are particular characters and events that stand out. The language and situations are so double sided that the reader is forced to question the weave of their own moral fabric. Dashiell Hammett through his writing style is able to reflect on the concerns many had at the time regarding rise in crime and deterioration of Victorian age morals, coincided with the rise

  • The Maltese Falcon Analysis

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    The Maltese Falcon is a novel published in 1930 by Dashiell Hammett. Some of the psychological influences in Hammett’s literary work are based on his life. His life and the times he lived in influences the characterization and characters in The Maltese Falcon. The Maltese Falcon is the most notable literary work by Hammett and cemented his reputation as a novelist and a pioneer in the development of the American detective mystery. Hammett departed from the British influence of detective literary

  • The Maltese Falcon

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    Dashiell Hammett’s San Francisco: A Unique Setting in the Changing World of Early 20th Century Detective Fiction The Pacific coast port city of San Francisco, California provides a distinctively mysterious backdrop in Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. Unlike many other detective stories that are anchored in well-known metropolises such as Los Angeles or New York City, Hammett opted to place the events of his text in the lesser-known, yet similarly exotic cultural confines of San Francisco

  • Maltese Falcon Essay

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    The Mission For The Black Bird The Maltese Falcon is a mystery novel written by Dashiell Hammett. Original name Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American novelist known for his mystery novels and short stories. He was also a screenplay writer and political activist. Hammett is best known for this best selling novel. Hammett wrote this novel in the 1930’s and based it off the Great Depression. The novel revolves around the main characters; Detective Sam Spade, Brigid O’Shaughnessy, Casper Gutman,

  • Review and Analysis of Maltese Falcon

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    your partner” (Hammett 20). His speech might be ironic but never comical. He gets involved in much less violence and gunplay which Hammet never ... ... middle of paper ... ...ap for you. I won't walk in Thursby's and Christ knows who else's footsteps.You killed Miles and you're going over for it. I could have helped you by letting the others go and standing off the police the best way I could. It's too late for that now. I can't help you now. And I wouldn't if I could"( Hammett 213). Of course

  • Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon

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    plays in the interaction and development of characters. More specifically, the role of women within the novels can be scrutinized to better understand the power they hold over the other characters, their own lives and the direction of the story. Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon exemplifies the varying ways in which female characters attempt to obtain and utilize power in hopes of influencing, manipulating and succeeding. The most prominent female character in the novel, Brigid O’Shaughnessy

  • Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window

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    diminishes somewhat the loneliness of the short story character. The character in the short story has more in common with Humphrey Bogart’s Sam Spade than with Jimmy Stewart’s Jeff. That Hitchcock took a story written in a style similar to Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler, and chose not to make a film noir detective story speaks much to Hitchcock’s purpose here. Rather than creating a conventional detective story, Hitchcock creates an everyman, whose injury prevents him from action. The impotence

  • Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 'Murder At The Automat'

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    The human mind is one of the most complex structures the gods had created. It is difficult to understand each brain process as every human being possesses his or her own distinguished thought patterns with different levels of complexities. A person’s mind greatly influences his behavior, which eventually transforms into his habit by becoming embedded into his character. Today, the world of psychology tries to understand everything that a mind can create. However, even before the field of Psychology

  • loose ends

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    Loose Ends, published in 2005 by Dundurn Press and written by former Canadian undercover police officer Don Easton, is a realistic and gritty crime novel focusing on the life of undercover Mountie Jack Taggart. This man is infamously good at his job, causing his superiors to suspect he isn’t following regulations. For that reason, his new partner Danny O’Reilly was assigned for the specific reason of spying on Taggart. After the murder of his niece and nephew, Taggart takes his partner into the streets

  • Compare And Contrast Hammon And Sam Spade

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    difficult cases. The characters are usually the protagonists of the hardboiled fiction which are often accredited to Dashiell Hammet as the pioneers of the genre. However, Chandler is also a significant contributor. In this respect, two famous detectives arise from the works of the two writers; they are Philip Marlowe who was created by Raymond Chandler and Sam Spade created by Hammett. They are among the most famous figures ever known in the detective fiction. Despite the fact that both take part

  • Cornell Woolrich Psychology Essay

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    American audience new detectives, who not only wheels a gun but also uses their knowledge of psychoanalysis to catch the perpetrator and solve the crime. Though Woolrich extends his knowledge of the human mind, he, just like MacDonald, Chandler and Hammett gives reference to 18th-century authors which include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allan Poe. The use of psychology as a tool to solve the crime and catch the criminal in Woolrich’s detective fictions is nothing short of revolutionary. It has

  • The Anti-Hero In Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon

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    The Maltese Falcon, written by Dashiell Hammett, is a crime novel based in the 1940’s in San Francisco. It mainly revolves around Sam Spade, a private detective, who is hired by Miss Wonderly, also known as Bridget, to find a mysterious statue of a falcon, which is priceless. Throughout the novel, Spade does some very questionable motives, in order to find out the truth about the falcon, and his recently murdered partner. While some people may argue that Spade is hero, and was really doing everything

  • Walter Mosley Biography

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    Ashleigh N. Ferrara Walter Mosley March 13, 2014 Walter Mosley is an inspiration to not only writers, but also people all over the world, including African Americans. Walter Mosley was born as a child of a mixed race; his father was an African American and his mother was a white Jew. He grew up in Los Angeles, California where his parents often told him to stay inside because L.A. was very crowded with all the people living there and he could get abducted. Because of this, Mosley was drawn

  • Employee of Eternity Nominations

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    New York: Vintage Books, 1936. Print. Chandler, Raymond. Farewell, My Lovely. New York: Vintage Books, 1940. Print Hammett, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon. New York: Vintage Books, 1930. Print. Works Cited Chandler, Raymond. Farewell, My Lovely. New York: Vintage Books, 1940. Print. Cain, James M. Double Indemnity. New York: Vintage Books, 1936. Print. Hammett, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon. New York: Vintage Books, 1930. Print.