Raymond Chandler's Concept of Detective

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Raymond Chandler wrote that the 'hardboiled' detective "must be...a man of honour." Consider this statement in relation to Chandler's 'The Big Sleep' and Hammett's 'The Maltese Falcon'. What does it mean to be a "man of honour" in the chosen works
Raymond Chandler wrote that the 'hardboiled' detective "must be.


Especially in hard-boiled fiction, where the detective is your eyes to the unknown world in which the novel is placed.
Dashiell Hammett has constructed Sam Spade in a way so the protagonist has become a feature f the book, rather than merely a medium for the transfer f clue and information in this novel. The reader is given the chance to venture in Spades mind and inner thoughts, Hammett cleverly allows Spade to expression his values, fears and opinions to the respondent and in turn allowing them to associate, trust and relate to him. In bringing the reader closer to the protagonist Hammett has subliminally lured the reader closer to the crime, the suspects and the victims and ultimately dragged them deeper into the noir world in which Sam Spade resides.
In "The Maltese Falcon" Spade is described as the "blond Satan." Whilst his objective and inner good is clear to the readers, other characters struggle to see Spade in his true light, and describe him as a "wild and unpredictable man, and his motives are never quite clear" This could be attributed to the fact that he is continually distancing himself from people and avoiding relationships, except in his relationship with Bridget O'Shannessy in which Hammett subverts the typical genre expectations by implying the chance f a long term relationship between her ...
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