LIT209 Lit Response 3 MF - Christopher 1 Taylor Christopher...

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Christopher 1 Taylor Christopher Professor Wicks LIT 209 September 25, 2013 The Maltese Falcon: Literature Response 1) Use page numbers in the text to briefly, yet thoroughly, describe Sam Spade’s character in terms of both his physical description and his emotional characteristics. In The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade’s character in terms of his physical description are lis- ted pretty directly at the beginning of the novel. He does not sound like a particularly handsome man. According to page (1) (my copy of the book is page 391[many of Hammett’s novels com- bined into one book]), the text states, “Samuel Spade’s jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth. His nostrils curved back to make another, smaller, v. His yellow-grey eyes were horizontal. The v motif was picked up again by thickish brows rising outward from twin creases above a hooked nose, and his pale brown hair grew down--from high flat temples--in a point on his forehead. He looked rather pleasantly like a blond satan.” As far as Sam Spade’s emotional characteristics are concerned, he is extremely cocky and arrogant and treats most of the women in this story in a very inferior and condescending manner as if they are objects rather than human beings. He is also really blunt and bullheaded. In addi- tion, he smokes several (and I mean several) cigarettes. In addition, he is a very high-tempered man who is always engaging in verbal altercations and yet even sometimes physical ones as well throughout the book. According to Brigid O’Shaughnessy after he is struck by Lieutenant Dundy
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