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I like to write essays and wanna share with you one of my favorite essay:
"Discuss the defining features of American detective novels by Raymond Chandler and Walter Mosley"
The development of American detective novels was accompanied by a considerable impact of American culture and literary traditions on writers creating detective novels. At the same time, American novels developed their own, original style and characteristics which distinguish them from detective novels written by non-American writers. In order to understand distinctive characteristics and peculiarities of American detective novels, it is necessary to analyze some American detective novels which reveal the common trends that can be traced in this genre. In this respect, it is possible to refer to the novel “Farewell, My Lovely” by Raymond Chandler and “Devil in a Blue Dress” by Walter Moseley. In fact, both authors are representatives of American literature who are considered to be classics of American detective novels. This is why their works reveal traditional, typical elements and characteristics which are common to American detective novels. At this point, it is worth mentioning the fact that it is possible to trace certain similarities between the two aforementioned novels and, simultaneously, it is possible to speak a traditional, American style of these novels. In such a situation, it is crucial to understand what exactly makes these novels unique or different from detective novels written by non-American writers. Anyway, it is obvious that both novels reveal that American detective novels have certain carcass, which is traditionally used by writers to create successful detective novels which are popular in the audience. On the other hand, it is also obvious that such peculiarities make American detective novels rather more oriented on American audience specifically than on international audience, which does not necessarily mean that American detective novels are incomprehensible or uninteresting to international audience.
First of all, it is necessary to dwell upon substantial similarities of both novels which are particularly common to American detective novels. In this respect, it should be said that “Farewell, My Lovely” and “Devil in a Blue Dress” reveal a very critical, if not to say skeptical, attitude of authors to the police. To put it more precisely, Raymond Chandler and Walter Moseley depict police officers as people who are unable to perform their professional duties properly. At any rate, police officers depicted in both novels are not really competent and they are unable to investigate cases even though they are quite difficult to investigate. In actuality, this means that American detective novels does not really attempt to create an image of a genius policemen who is capable to solve all problems, investigate any crime and arrest the most genius criminal. Neither in “Farewell, My Lovely” nor in “Devil in a Blue Dress” there are such police officers. In stark contrast, the police rather interferes into the process of the investigation of crimes committed in the course of both novels than assist to the investigation.
However, it should be said that the police is not exactly a trouble-maker in the aforementioned novels. For instance, speaking about “Devil in a Blue Dress”, police officers investigating crimes are simply unable to find the true criminal, but it is not really their evil inclinations. Instead, it is their professional incompetence that prevents police officers from the effective investigation of crimes. They attempt to find the criminal, but without the main character not a single police officer can figure out who the criminal actually is. The same trend is typical to the novel written by Raymond Chandler, “Farewell, My Lovely”. But, unlike police officers in “Devil in a Blue Dress”, police officers depicted by Chandler, especially Lt. Nulty, are rather negative characters than positive ones. What is meant here is the fact that Lt. Nulty, for instance, is depicted by Raymond Chandler as a racist police officer that is apparently a negative characteristic for a person who is supposed to protect law and prevent crimes. His attitude to non-white Americans, especially African Americans, is extremely biased. In such a situation, it is hardly possible to speak about objective investigation of crimes and, naturally, he readily accuses representative of ethnic minorities of crimes he is investigating.
Thus, the author of “Farewell, My Lovely”, as well as the author of “Devil in a Blue Dress”, shows that the police, as a law enforcement agency, is not really effective. Consequently, this trend is common to American detective novels, where the police is depicted rather as a complement agency that can assist to the investigation of crimes and arrest of criminals but it does not really play the key role in the investigation process. In other words, the police plays a secondary part in American detective novels that probably reflects the general attitude to the police as a law enforcement agency that performs purely technical role and, therefore, is unable to investigate really complicated crimes. This means that a typical image of a police officer in American detective novel is an image of a simple, if not to say plain and even shallow in a way, person, who is not necessarily a negative character, but is definitely not a protagonist for his or her fallacies are too substantial to make the police officer really good and capable to investigations of crimes.
At the same time, such an attitude to the police and police officers reveals the skepticism of American detective writers in their regard because they do not really meet their vision of the main character of a detective novel. In fact, police officer can be good or bad but they attempt to do their job. Moreover, they attempt to do their best, but, on reading the novels “Farewell, My Lovely” and “Devil in a Blue Dress”, it is very difficult to get rid of impression that police officers are capable to detain criminals only if they are caught at the moment or area when and where they have just committed a crime. Any complications in the investigation make police officers in both novels unable to cope with challenges of sophisticated investigations.
This is where the time of the main character, the time of a real hero comes. In this respect, it is important to lay emphasis on the image of the main character both Raymond Chandler and Walter Moseley create in their novels. At first glance, the main character of “Farewell, My Lovely” and “Devil in a Blue Dress”, Marlowe and Easy respectively, are ordinary people. Protagonists of novels seem to be men which may live next to any reader of these novels. Moreover, the main characters often have serious troubles, such as unemployment, some personal problems, lack of money, etc. In fact, all this problems in one way or another are present in both novels discussed. In such a way, it is possible to estimate that the main character or protagonist of a typical American novel is an ordinary person who have troubles millions of Americans face or can face in their routine life.
However, the main characters of American detective novels are not simple as they may seem to be at first glance. As “Farewell, My Lovely” and “Devil in a Blue Dress” show, the main character of a detective novel is a real hero, a person who is capable to investigate the most complicated crimes, figure out the criminal and assist the police to detain the suspect. Remarkably such a transformation occurs steadily in the course of the novel. In fact, both Marlowe and Easy are simply chased down by numerous problems that pursue them everywhere. They have troubles with their works, they have troubles in their personal life, they have friends and acquaintances, who do nothing but troubles. In addition, the main characters got their main trouble a crime which they are involved in somehow. Naturally, they are
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