The Big Sleep Exam #2 Part 1 - The Big Sleep In the Big Sleep Philip Marlowe a private detective finds himself surrounded in a dark world full of crime

The Big Sleep Exam #2 Part 1 - The Big Sleep In the Big...

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The Big SleepIn the Big Sleep, Philip Marlowe, a private detective finds himself surrounded in a dark world full of crime and corruption. Marlowe portrays himself as an honest man, who is willing toseek the truth, help and protect his clients, and solve the puzzles. However, several obstacles make an appearance along the way. Throughout the story many of the conflicts that Marlow faces are revealed through certain troublesome situations and through symbols, which become a great part of who he is, a man of values and good morals. One of the key symbols that introducesMarlowe and is continuously present is the knight. While Marlowe embarks on his journey to rescue the world, his knightly efforts drive him through all the complex struggles he comes to encounter. In the beginning, Marlowe has been invited to the Sternwood house, where he notices a stained glass panel, illustrating “a knight in dark armor rescuing a lady who was tied to a tree anddidn’t have any clothes on but some very long and convenient hair” (Chandler, 3). As Marlowe pays close attention to this piece, he recognizes the struggle the knight seems to be facing, whichhe begins to think that “that if [he] lived in that house, [he] would sooner or later have to climb up there and help the knight” (Chandler, 4). While he makes this assertion, Marlowe indirectly characterizes himself as a knight on his own, by showing willingness to help and rescue anyone who is in need. Indeed, this certainly is true after Marlowe is hired by General Sternwood, who requested his help while he was being blackmailed, and later rescues his daughter, Carmen, from her troubling situations. One of them includes the scene where he rescues her naked at the house of Arthur Geiger, pornographer, who was involved in the blackmailing and murdered at the scene. Marlowe takes the responsibility on himself to dress Carmen and take her home safely. Most importantly, his knightly efforts are truly shown when he takes responsibility to solve the
greater puzzle in regards to the murder and helping the Sternwood family as a whole. Such efforts also introduce an internal and social conflict of Marlowe’s. For instance as a social conflict, he finds it his duty to take care of his matter, as the society and law would require a knight like him to do so. Yet, this could be an internal conflict as well, while he stresses the matter himself, and desires to solve the puzzle which leads him through many other struggles.

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