Marlowe in Raymond Chandler’s “The Big Sleep”


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Essay #: 054473
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Marlowe in Raymond Chandler’s "The Big Sleep"
This paper describes the character of Marlowe in Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep. The paper looks at how Marlowe is constructed by Chandler by addressing the following items: Marlowe’s dialogue as fashioned by Chandler; Chandler’s physical descriptions of Marlowe; and the inferences we can draw from how Marlowe’s facial expressions and physical posture are described – to the extent they are described, of course. Naturally, the areas of investigation noted above have a considerable degree of overlap. In any case, what Chandler does is create an image of a man (Marlowe) who is embittered, cynical, frustrated and – above all else – an erstwhile idealist who has allowed his many disappointments...
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.....long (Chandler, 26-27). In a real sense, everything we need to know about Mr. Marlowe can be found in the first several pages of the text; everything that follows thereafter is merely a confirmation of our initial suspicions.
All told, we see that Mr. Marlowe is a physically attractive, well-built, well-dressed, fairly intelligent and acerbic gentleman who evidently has a low regard for coquettish women, seems on guard when in their presence, and appears to view the world as if it did him an injury at some point – which it probably did. His speech, his “look,” and his mannerisms indicate a sophisticated worldly-wise fellow who might be too cynical for his own good.
Works Cited
Chandler, Raymond. The Big Sleep. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1970.