Sunday, April 29, 2012
Red Wind: Literary Analysis
Red Wind take place on a warm night in Southern California, we know this because that is where the Santa Ana winds occur. Chandler opening paragraph grabs your attention from the start of the story when he described the effect the Santa Ana winds have on the town and the people. We know from the beginning this is an important part in the story and will be reminded throughout the entire story.
The main character in the story is a detective by the name of Philip Marlowe, this is a main character in many of Chandlers other stories. Marlowe is also the narrator of the story so we see things through his prospective and since he is a detective he notices a lot of things and goes into great detail. There is also a lot of imagery in the story almost as if you are there yourself. Marlowe is minding his own business in a bar with two other people, a drunk at the end of the and the bartender. A man walks in looking for a woman and give a very detailed description of the woman's outfit which sets a red flag off in the narrators head. The drunk at the end of the bar ends up killing the man who he calls "Waldo" and runs out. This is all in the first chapter of the story. Having the murder take place in the first chapter hooks the reader and this isn't even the climax of the story.
All of Marlowe's characteristics are the ones a hard-boiled detective should have. He is a complete man and common man yet an unusual man with his eyes on the prize. The elements such as the dark nights with not many people on the street and harsh winds also play into the hard-boiled fiction. The whole story screams hard-boiled.
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