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The Maltese Falcon | Study Guide

Dashiell Hammett

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Overview

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Author

Dashiell Hammett

Year Published

1929

Type

Novel

Genre

Mystery

Perspective and Narrator

The Maltese Falcon is told by a third-person objective narrator. The narrator does not describe the thoughts and feelings of the characters. Readers must make character inferences based on described actions and dialogue—much like a detective.

Tense

The Maltese Falcon is written in the present tense.

About the Title

The Maltese falcon, a statue, is the central object of desire that propels the plot and connects all of the characters—several of whom will do anything to possess it. The Maltese falcon comes to represent the destructiveness of greed.

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