Week 4 - The Maltese Falcon
Week 4 - The Maltese Falcon LITS 3151
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Nicole Dante on Friday September 23, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to LITS 3151 at Fairleigh Dickinson University taught by Dr. Marilyn Rye in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 9 views. For similar materials see Detective Fiction in Literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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Date Created: 09/23/16
September 19 , 2016 The Maltese Falcon • Published 1928 • Urban, modern universe – San Francisco • “Hard boiled” – WWI term • Descended from Western stories • “Pulp” fiction – cheap paper • Sharp dialogue • Common man appears everywhere in narrative Hammett • Maryland farming family • Detective for Pinkerton agency in the 20s • Self educated Other Hard-boiled writers • Raymond Chandler • Walter Mosley Hard-boiled Elements • Alienating urban setting o Lots of crime o Bootleggers, gangsters, crooks • Frequent violence • Violence developed from the streets – slang o Tone – acerbic, ironic • Romanticism of the west Book First Half • Narrative told by detective’s visuals o “…bed springs creaked” – detective doesn’t tell us he’s getting up, visual does • Police suspect Spade killed Thursby o Suspect Thursby killed Archer • “Long time since I burst out crying because a police man didn’t like me” o Typical hard boiled dialogue • Obtaining details o With spade as he obtains them though the narrative • Examples of Spade’s character o Pg. 55: “speech you practice” – observation of another character o Pg. 33: “we believed your $200” o Pg. 35: “chiefly your eyes I think” – calling out Brigid’s lying • Cairo – gay stereotypes used to refer to him throughout to book September 22 , 2016 • Examples of Urban Setting o 10 foot fence torn down o City – San Francisco o Police – trying to get involved, place blame o Organized crime • Frequent Violence o Stock market crash o Archer shot 6 times o Cairo hit with a pistol – any scene where they beat up Cairo • Street dialogue (Slang) o Horse feathers • Hard boiled detective o Strong arms Gutman o Allows Wilmer to take the fall o Sends Brigid to jail o Calls Brigid out on lies o Puts out interests before others’ § Finding out who killed Archer o Doesn’t crack under police pressure (pg. 145)
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