The Maltese Falcon | Study Guide

Dashiell Hammett

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the-maltese-falcon-dashiell-hammettMaltese FalconSymbolizes greed, corruption, extreme wealth, and impossible dreamsFlitcraftRepresents unattainable dreams and the circular nature of the plotSymbolsCasper Gutman, Chapter 19f you lose a son its possible to get another... theres only one Maltese falcon. Sources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, IMDb, New York TimesCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Effie PerineLoyal, dependable secretarySam SpadeCynical detective; drinker, smoker, womanizerBrigid O'ShaughnessyDevious femme fataleWilmer CookYoung, violent hired gunCLIENTKILLSSECRETARYMain CharactersPARTNERSJoel CairoEffeminate, deceitful thugCasper GutmanEvil, greedy manipulatorThe Maltese Falconby the NumbersFilm adaptations of The Maltese Falcon (1931 and 1941)Months Hammett was imprisoned for refusing to testify against the Communist Party in 1951Year Hammett moved to San Francisco, where The Maltese Falcon is setCurrent worth of each surviving falcon statue from the 1941 film adaptation of The Maltese Falcon>$1M261921Like Sam Spade, Hammett liked to drink, gamble, and womanize. He drew on his own work as a private investigator to write best-selling detective novels and short stories. Hammett also wrote screenplays, splitting his time between New York City and Hollywood.DASHIELL HAMMETT18941961AuthorIn the shadows of 1920s San Francisco, morally ambiguous detective Sam Spade unravels the mystery of a stolen statue and discovers the lies and violence shrouding its recovery. The Maltese Falcon explores the question of how honor and justice can exist in a world defined by deceit and greed.Hard-Boiled & Hell-BentTHEMES DeceptionDeception is at the root of most relationships, clouding the ability to tell truth from lies and undermining trust.Femme FataleFemale sexuality is presented as dangerous, a secret weapon used by devious women to control others.Hard-Boiled DetectiveSam Spade represents both traditional ideas about masculinity and moral ambiguity.EnglishOriginal Language1929Year PublishedDashiell HammettAuthorThe MalteseFalconMysteryNovel

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