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  • 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

  • The Double-crossing Characters in Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

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    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 of the detective Anti-hero, guilty woman (femme fatal) and vigilantism. In Red Harvest, in both his description of both “Poisonville” and it’s inhabitants, Hammett uses contradicting language, and often iconic reoccurring imagery to express

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sound Judgment in Unsound Circumstances In Hammett's The Maltese Falcon

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    Dashiell Hammett renovates the mystery genre by popularizing the never before seen hard-boiled crime fiction. By serializing his works through literary magazines of the 1920s like The Black Mask, Hammett shares his unsentimental tales of mystery, violence, and promiscuity. What was first a surveillance assignment carried out the protagonist Sam Spade and partner Miles Archer turns into a murder investigation, as Archer is found dead that evening. Spade is a suspect, as Archer’s wife Iva and Spade

  • 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