New User Special Price Expires in

Let's log you in.

Sign in with Facebook


Don't have a StudySoup account? Create one here!


Create a StudySoup account

Be part of our community, it's free to join!

Sign up with Facebook


Create your account
By creating an account you agree to StudySoup's terms and conditions and privacy policy

Already have a StudySoup account? Login here

Week 4 - The Maltese Falcon

by: Nicole Dante

Week 4 - The Maltese Falcon LITS 3151

Nicole Dante
GPA 3.115

Preview These Notes for FREE

Get a free preview of these Notes, just enter your email below.

Unlock Preview
Unlock Preview

Preview these materials now for free

Why put in your email? Get access to more of this material and other relevant free materials for your school

View Preview

About this Document

The Maltese Falcon up the chapter 17. Examination of the hard-boiled detective.
Detective Fiction
Dr. Marilyn Rye
Class Notes
25 ?




Popular in Detective Fiction

Popular in Literature

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.


Reviews for Week 4 - The Maltese Falcon


Report this Material


What is Karma?


Karma is the currency of StudySoup.

You can buy or earn more Karma at anytime and redeem it for class notes, study guides, flashcards, and more!

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)


Buy Material

Are you sure you want to buy this material for

25 Karma

Buy Material

BOOM! Enjoy Your Free Notes!

We've added these Notes to your profile, click here to view them now.


You're already Subscribed!

Looks like you've already subscribed to StudySoup, you won't need to purchase another subscription to get this material. To access this material simply click 'View Full Document'

Why people love StudySoup

Steve Martinelli UC Los Angeles

"There's no way I would have passed my Organic Chemistry class this semester without the notes and study guides I got from StudySoup."

Kyle Maynard Purdue

"When you're taking detailed notes and trying to help everyone else out in the class, it really helps you learn and understand the I made $280 on my first study guide!"

Jim McGreen Ohio University

"Knowing I can count on the Elite Notetaker in my class allows me to focus on what the professor is saying instead of just scribbling notes the whole time and falling behind."

Parker Thompson 500 Startups

"It's a great way for students to improve their educational experience and it seemed like a product that everybody wants, so all the people participating are winning."

Become an Elite Notetaker and start selling your notes online!

Refund Policy


All subscriptions to StudySoup are paid in full at the time of subscribing. To change your credit card information or to cancel your subscription, go to "Edit Settings". All credit card information will be available there. If you should decide to cancel your subscription, it will continue to be valid until the next payment period, as all payments for the current period were made in advance. For special circumstances, please email


StudySoup has more than 1 million course-specific study resources to help students study smarter. If you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, our customer support team can help you find what you need! Feel free to contact them here:

Recurring Subscriptions: If you have canceled your recurring subscription on the day of renewal and have not downloaded any documents, you may request a refund by submitting an email to

Satisfaction Guarantee: If you’re not satisfied with your subscription, you can contact us for further help. Contact must be made within 3 business days of your subscription purchase and your refund request will be subject for review.

Please Note: Refunds can never be provided more than 30 days after the initial purchase date regardless of your activity on the site.