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The Big Sleep’s SignificanceThe Big Sleepby Raymond Chandler contains many symbols and themes that are socially, culturally, and historically significant in real life.Much of the novel is focused around the demand for money and the countless actions the characters take to get money from one another. This is historically significant because it represents the life in the real world during this era. The novel takes place in the 1930’s, and this was the time of the great depression, where money was scarce, people were suffering, and people would do whatever they could for a dollar. Examples in the book which could represent this would be the countless bribes and blackmail towards the Sternwoods or the money General Sternwood gives to Marlowe to do favors