Analyzing Raymond Chandler's Novel 'The Big Sleep'

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The Big Sleep Analysis In Raymond Chandler’s novel, The Big Sleep, the story unravels quickly through the narrative voice of Philip Marlowe, the detective hired by the Sternwood family of Los Angeles to solve a mystery of blackmail. The novel portrays Marlowe as a lawful knight living in a dark world. He is full of principle and honesty, a man who is willing to solve crimes and work for a mere twenty-five dollars a day. Howard Hawk’s 1946 adaptation, The Big Sleep, shows us how lack of a narrator and omitting certain scenes of the novel due to censorship can create a slightly different portrayal of the main character making him much flatter. Some of the only reasons that the novel The Big Sleep was bearable to read were the sarcastic remarks,

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