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Tanya Jordan Colman Hogan ENG 104 11/25/2016 Philip Marlowe’s Moral Code - Long Essay Philip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler’s “Red Wind” has a moral code that many  people seem to uphold. He believes in doing what is right, striving for justice, being  diplomatic and protecting those in need. However, he has his own perspective of a just  world where sometimes it is good to be dishonest. He demonstrates this when he lies to  protect Lola, a woman in need of his help. Marlowe manipulates people’s idea of the  truth for his advantage. He does not see this as breaking his moral code; instead it is  changing the story to become the way he thinks it should be. In chapter 1 Marlowe witnessed Waldo’s death in a local bar. His experience as  an investigator allowed him to analyze the scene thoroughly. He provided detective  Copernik with a detailed narration of events, even pointing out that “Waldo knew just  how the girl was dressed” (Ch. 1). Although he is telling Copernik the truth, he is leaving  out details so he can investigate the scene on his own. He does not reveal that “Waldo  had described the girl’s clothes in a way the ordinary man would not know how to  describe them” (Ch. 1). Marlowe gives enough information to help, but saves the  important pieces for himself. At this point, Marlowe has transformed from being a  witness, to an investigator with a desire to solve the mystery.  In the same night, he met the lady Waldo described at his own apartment.  Immediately, without knowing her, he had decided out of instinct to protect her. One’s  instinct may have been to turn her in to detective Copernik but Marlowe wanted to get  information out of her. He learned that Waldo (alias Joseph Coates) was the chauffer of  Jordan 1
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this lady, who had more than just a professional relationship with her. She was trying to  buy back a pearl necklace he stole from her. The pearl necklace was given to her by Stan, her true love that died in a burning plane. In the course of their conversation, the lady  showed her distrust in Marlowe by accusing him of things she assumed from him – “so  my husband hired you to spy on me”(Ch. 2). Marlowe’s search for the truth allows him to
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