Crime fiction Essays

  • Essay On The Shawshank Redemption

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    Stephen King’s novella, “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption,” and Frank Darabont’s adaptation, The Shawshank Redemption, offer a story about a man who is sentenced to life in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover. The predominant reading is that it is redemptive and hopeful. In fact, the term “redemption” in the title also seems to “invite theological exploration,” and many critics have taken on that task (Marsh 47). The story is laden with Christian symbols of rebirth, baptism, covenants

  • Trainspotting Film Analysis

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    Even though it may be just a stereotype, the Scottish people are not generally known for their joyful nature and friendliness. No wonder, considering the geographical location of the country, the weather and the scarce population in the wild landscape. Kilts, mysterious countryside full of lochs and ruined castles, back pipes, whiskey and Brave Heart is what usually comes to people’s minds when Scotland is mentioned, but legends and nature are not exactly what the contemporary Scottish films usually

  • Sherlock Holmes Symbolism

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    The figure of Sherlock Holmes first appeared more than 150 years ago but the level of interest and adoration of it has not changed through the years. We know about the famous detective probably more than about any other historical figure of the Victorian time. As Orson Welles, an American actor, described Sherlock as „The world’s most famous Man who never existed » (Jackson 151), and this phrase can not characterize the image of the famous detective more precisely. The character outlived his author

  • The Motive For Murder In Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

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    The motive for Murder in Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” is an interesting story that revolves around the confession of a man, Montresor, to an unknown person. Montresor confesses how he murdered Fortunato. Like most of his works, Poe has used the first person narrative to address the readers directly. He has also addressed the theme of death. This notable subject is evident in most of his works such as “The Tale-A-Tell” and “The Black Cat.” While Montresor

  • Essay On Why We Read

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    Why we read? We read because reading benefits our body, inspires us to be better people, and expands our capabilities to be imaginative, creative and empathetic. A negative stigma about reading has developed in the current century: that reading is a mere pastime, that it is a taxing chore [or labour], and simply a hobby for the elderly or people with time on their hands. But reading is much more than this. In recent years, research into the benefits of reading has shown us that reading helps to improve

  • Cool Air Lovecraft Analysis

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    Waiting on every exhausting whim of an 18 year old preserved corpse sounds absurd and impossible, but for H.P. Lovecraft’s first person narrator in “Cool Air” it is a shocking reality. The strategic application of first person point of view keeps the reader on edge with a limited view. Any other point of view would reveal too much information on the pivotal Doctor Muñoz, and not allow access to the narrator's thoughts and emotions. First person point of view in H.P. Lovecraft’s “Cool Air” connects

  • Romantic Illusions In Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window

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    The prologue of Waltz into Darkness undermines any romantic illusions as the story itself begins, circa 1900, introducing us to a wealthy Cuban coffee planter named Luis Durand who anticipates the arrival of a mail order bride named Julia Russell (Jolie). Handsome and rich, he has never married ("Love is not for me. Love is for those people who believe in it"). His expectations for the bride are realistic: "She is not meant to be beautiful. She is meant to be kind, true and young enough to bear

  • The Murders In The Rue Morgue And The Purloined Letter

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    we traditionally expect from the genre. Poe shaped the genre of detective fiction - although he preferred to call them “tales of ratiocination” - after introducing Detective C. Auguste Dupin. Dupin analyses unsolved mysteries and uses his advanced cognitive ability to deduce information to solve cases; thus, a new genre was born. To describe how Poe’s short stories both comply with the general expectations of detective fiction and how they defy them, I plan to examine The Murders in the Rue Morgue

  • Detective Assistants

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    In many detective fictions, there always been a companion by the side of the detectives. Sometimes, they act as the narrator, and shoulder the task of showing the detectives’ legendary deed of solving the case to the public. And at other times, they will act as the assistants to help the detectives do some investigation. Dupin and the narrator “I”, Holmes and Dr. Watson, Father Brown and his friend the once-bandit Flambeau, Poirot and his assistant Hasting, the list of the combination of detective

  • Examples Of Greed In The Maltese Falcon

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    Greed Expressed in the Maltese Falcon Crime. Secrets. These words are often associated with the mystery genre. What often comes to mind is the common detective story, where a crime and a detective are introduced. Then, the heroic detective apprehends the culprit by deduction from clues. However, in the 1920s, a new era of crime fiction arose: American hard-boiled crime fiction. In this type of crime fiction, a sense of “graphic sex and violence, vivid but often sordid urban backgrounds, and fast-paced

  • David Lynch Auteur

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    by David Lynch, can be considered crime fiction films, with noticeable archetypes of the genre contained within. Moreover, these two distinct films can be considered subversive and their director, David Lynch, as an auteur director. This essay will begin to discuss the notion of the auteur and how Lynch fits this concept, while thinking of Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks as post-modern products. Furthermore, the two texts in question will be considered as crime fiction material and analysed in regards

  • Agatha Christies: Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

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    Anjaly Chacko 17/PELA/034 Clues from Novel to Screen in the Novel Agatha Christie’s Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case Agatha Christie is considered as the Queen of Crime all over the world. Agatha Christie’s novels are related to the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. An intelligent and famous investigator, Hercule Poirot is the major character in these Detective stories. Poirot is a French private who is world renown for solving some of the puzzling mysteries. Several films and television adaptations

  • Chandler And Mcbain: A Literary Analysis

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    Topic Number 2, the use of backgrounds, landscapes, architectures and “sets.” Raymond Chandler and Ed McBain are two flagships in detective fictions. Chandler’s Philip Marlowe brought readers a series of hot-blooded fictional detective stories that happened in Los Angeles (LA). McBain, the commander of the 87th Precinct, excited readers with many raw and realistic detective stories happened in “the city”, an imaginary city that based on New York City (NYC). If there’s one thing that Chandler and

  • Sherlock Holmes His Last Bow Analysis

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    Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, were also clearly important predecessors to twentieth-century detective and espionage fiction. “According to Holmes, the “ideal detective” needs not only “the power of observation and that of deduction” but also “knowledge”. Though Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is more known as a author of detective fiction, some of his stories are in matter of fact early examples with the spy elements, e.g. The Naval Treaty, The Second Stain. In His Last Bow

  • Clemence Damour Character Analysis

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    The Patisserie Mystery series is a series of novels by American crime mystery author Harper Lin. Set in Paris, the books feature Clemence Damour as the chief protagonist trying to solve murder cases in which she, her friends, or her employees are implicated as main suspects. What makes the series so unique as compared to other detective crime series is that, Clemence and her friends and associates solve murder cases while baking the most delicious French recipes of desserts and pastries. Clemence

  • Inspector Wexford's Characters In From Doon With Death By Ruth Renend

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    Inspector Wexford is a recurring character in the Inspector Wexford series of novels by English crime fiction author Ruth Rendell. Wexford made his first appearance in Rendell’s debut novel From Doon With Death, and has been lead protagonist in 23 more titles in the series. The series of novels are best classified as detective crime fiction. Wexford is a sensitive and intelligent man who is married to Dora with whom they have two daughters Sylvia and Sheila. Sheila is his favorite daughter while

  • Cold Case Fleclosure Book Review

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    Cold Case Closure by Patrick Ian O’Donnell and Charles O. Gaylor is touted as a police procedural novel, and deals with a number of fictional cold murder cases. It is a standalone novel and falls into the general fiction/detective thriller category. Grant Frazier is a retired Cold Case Crime Taskforce member, as well as having previously worked for the LAPD. During his time in law enforcement he has seen far too many people get away with murder due to lack of evidence or credible witnesses. With the

  • Agatha Christie Biography

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    preface of the book The Gentle Art of Murder, Bargainnier says that Agatha Christie is, “‘the queen of crime,’ the mistress of deceit,’ ‘the first lady of crime.’ ‘the mistress of misdirection,’ ‘the detective story writer,’ and even ‘the Hymns Ancient and Modern of detection,’ – these are just a few of the epithets which have been used to indicate Agatha Christie’s position as writer of detective fiction” (Bargainnier 1). Agatha Christie was one of the best macabre writers, she was encouraged to write

  • Justice In Anil's Ghost

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    Crime fiction not only focuses on the solving of mysteries; it also questions the society it depicts. Both Michael Ondaatje’s 2000 novel ‘Anil’s Ghost’ and the ongoing procedural drama ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’ (commonly known as ‘SVU’) present thought-provoking examinations of their respective contexts. ‘Anil’s Ghost’ is set in Sri Lanka, following the life of a forensic pathologist named Anil Tissera, who must investigate a politically motivated murder and bring about justice for victims

  • Talented Mr Ripley Analysis

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    committing crimes and imitating others. Tom Ripley is hired to bring Dickie Greenleaf back from Italy. However, during the time spent in Italy, Tom is fascinated with Dickie’s wealthy and splendid lifestyle so he plans to kill Dickie and take over his identity. Crime fiction consists of different elements, usually crime, mystery and suspense acts the most important role. From past till now, crime fiction has changed that it is no longer necessary to follow the genre conventions of crime fiction. Someone