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Week 5 - Maltese Falcon and Raymond Chandler

by: Nicole Dante

Week 5 - Maltese Falcon and Raymond Chandler LITS 3151

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The ending of The Maltese Falcon and introductory notes on Raymond Chandler
Detective Fiction
Dr. Marilyn Rye
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Nicole Dante on Thursday September 29, 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 8 views. For similar materials see Detective Fiction in Literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University.


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Date Created: 09/29/16
September 26 , 2016 The Maltese Falcon Ending • Doesn’t take $10,000 o Building evidence against Cairo • Did he know Brigid killed Archer from the beginning? o He’s known, we don’t know for how long though • A lot of build up, fake bird • Spade’s opponent? o Brigid o Himself • Kemidov o Set the decoy scenario up § To play a joke or to divert from the real Falcon? • Doesn’t let Brigid get away o Why? § Loves her but won’t take the wrap § Doesn’t love her, just lust § Doesn’t trust her § Doesn’t like to be manipulated by women § She killed Archer • Biggest liar? o Brigid or Spade Movie Scenes • Second time Brigid (as Wonderly) meets Spade, lies • Spade reveals he knows Brigid was lying • Fall guy negotiation • Spade revealing he knew Brigid shot Archer o “Don’t be so sure I’m as crooked as I’m supposed to be” Dashiell Hammett • Questioned during the red scare o Penitentiary in West Virginia • Camp Kilmer September 29 , 2016 Raymond Chandler • Post WWII writer • Born in Chicago • Father left o Mother took him to England o Dulwich College – well educated • Detective – Philip Marlowe o Shakespeare reference o Quick dialogue o Shocking comparisons • Back to the US in 1912 o Came back for work • Served in WWI for Canada • Became full time writer o Sold first story to Black Mask Magazine § Journal devoted to detective stories § Instrumental in the careers of detective writer • Married older woman • Retired form oil industry • Influenced later feminist detectives o Not written from single white male perspective § Grafton § Peretski o This form is ideal for cultural appropriation § Can be rewritten to reflect the writer’s cultures and values Trouble is my Business § First person narrative - detective o Reader expects to learn a lot § Feelings absent from the narrative § Always in control (violent scenes) § Doesn’t reveal weaknesses in danger


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