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  • J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls as Detective Fiction

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    Calls as Detective Fiction The play “An Inspector Calls” starts of in the genre of detective fiction. But, as the play goes on, the reader realises that the genre does also fit into politics and mystery. The play has many conventions of detective fiction that misleads the reader, not through out but near the end of the play. When the reader finds out that there is no revelation scene, one suspects that this play is not detective fiction, but another genre disguised as detective fiction. This

  • Characters in The Girl Watcher and The Human Chair

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    Uncanny Reactions to Modernization Sugita Kojo of Tayama Katai’s “The Girl Watcher” (1907) and the chair maker in Edogawa Rampo’s “The Human Chair” (1925) react to new ways of life in a similar, vulgar manner. Both stories include aspects of society new to that time: Trains and chairs, respectively. These pieces from the Meiji & Taisho period, a period where stories began to express the character’s thoughts, depict the importance of understanding novel and foreign aspects of daily life by

  • Laidlaw by William McIlvanney

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    issues of why people commit murder and the devastating results of violence. One of the reasons I selected this novel wasn't just because of the quality and origin of the author and the setting , it was because of the infuriating character of Cheif Detective Inspector Jack Laidlaw , he is the main character and the most memorable one.  He is the spearhead of the investigations into the murder of a teenage girl , he has to do this in a city of hard men, villains and fat cat businessmen.  To look more

  • Connection of House, M.D. and Detective Fiction Through Social Division

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    House shares multiple themes and parallels with different detective fiction stories. Some of the most familiar parallels are those between house and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes. Along with their names, the two characters have many other things in common, such as an addiction to some type of drug; House is addicted to Vicodin and Homes is addicted to cocaine. They also both have trusty sidekicks of Dr. Watson and Dr. Wilson, and the inept police force of Holmes’ stories are

  • Hawksmoor

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    a novel is on the whole, puzzling. As it is a detective story, Peter Ackroyd uses different techniques of involving the reader in his plot so that even if the beginning is not fully understood, we have to go on reading it just to see what happens next. These different features, for example, the juxtaposition of the time periods between the chapters; the post-modernistic aspects of Ackroyd's writing; and the conflicts between reality and fiction all make the novel puzzling. Time in this

  • The History of the Hard-Boiled Detective

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    many sub-genres of detective fiction and hard-boiled fiction is one of them. What exactly is hard-boiled detective fiction? Hard-Boiled detective fiction is fiction that features tough, cynical, urban private eyes who expose corruption and frequently get injured in the course of their investigations (“Detective Fiction,” Literary). Hard-Boiled fiction is considered one of the more popular sub-genres of detective fiction; there have been numerous films and novels about urban detectives exposing corruption

  • Crime Fiction Essay

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    There are many factors and events that led to the development of the crime fiction novel of the 1920s. From as far back as July 4, 1776 America has been coined the land of opportunity—a free land for all people and all purposes. It was also a country full of immigrants seeking that same prosperity. The only problem was that this “American dream” didn’t come as quickly as most thought it would. This resulted in the growth of America’s gun culture which was already deeply imbedded in this country’s

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

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    packers did not do it. No one could have done it. At least, that is how it looks. The crime by itself seems impossible. Nelson the protagonist of the story is the detective investigating the case. Nelson was called upon by his captain to investigate a poisoning incident. The four witnesses at the table saw nothing and the other detectives are not corrupted, however, they do not care about evidence, they only care about confession. Which means they do not care who they put away, even if it is the wrong

  • Use of Metaphor in The Big Sleep

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    Use of Metaphor in The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler wrote The Big Sleep as a piece of hard boiled detective fiction. This style was a reaction to the high style of detective stories such as those involving Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple. Writers often set hard boiled detective novels in a gritty world where everyone has a past. In The Big Sleep, Chandler keeps this edgy, lower class tone right down to the objects he utilizes for comparisons in his metaphors. Chandler is highly precise in

  • Mystery and Detective Genre Elements

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    mystery and/or detective fiction genres. The usual mystery or detective stories use suspense and tension to build up to the resolution of the puzzle that is present within the plot (Turco 58). Detective stories typically involves “following a detective through the solution of a crime” (Baker, Frye and Perkins, 140). The “Man of the crowd” and “In a Grove” does not have suspense or tension. In both stories the mystery or puzzle is not solved in the end, and the identity of the detective is not even known