The Big Sleep | Study Guide

Raymond Chandler

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Overview

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Author

Raymond Chandler

Year Published

1939

Type

Novel

Genre

Mystery

Perspective and Narrator

The main character, private detective Philip Marlowe, narrates The Big Sleep from the first-person point of view.

Tense

The Big Sleep is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The Big Sleep refers to death. The narrator, Philip Marlowe, uses the phrase on the novel's final page when he reflects about the meaning of life and how most things don't matter when one is dead, or "sleeping the big sleep."

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