The Big Sleep response

The Big Sleep response - concerning Rusty Money in this...

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The Big Sleep’s Significance The Big Sleep by 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
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Unformatted text preview: concerning Rusty. Money in this book was higher in value then friends, reputation, and even another person’s life. Also, America’s corruption is also portrayed in the story, which can said to be culturally and socially significant. In the book, not one person is totally innocent. For example, the newspapers lie, countless cases of bribery occur, there are murders, even the police and authorities hide information and make deals. Our society as a whole can be summed up in many cases by those examples. In real life that same corruption occurs with the same crimes and dishonesty. Chandler can really make it relatable with the setting being in Los Angeles where these things are very prevalent....
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