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Kevin Chou California Literature The Big Sleep/The Day of the Locust 2/28/10 The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West are both written around the 1930’s. During the era of the 1930s began the start of the workingwomen. Both authors have their own way of approaching their treatment of women in the novels. However, despite the fact that women are receiving more rights, both West and Chandler’s way of describing women in the novel is demeaning and often uses women as a source of temptation. The characters Carmen Sternwood and Faye Greener are examples of how both authors describe the role women during the 1930s or in their novels. The use of Carmen Sternwood’s character as a way to portray women in the 1930s is very demeaning. Her character is portrayed in an anti-feminist manner. Her character is often very emotional and unintelligent. “She let me hold her arms up and she spread her fingers out wide, as if that was cute…
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