“The Big Sleep” is the story of a private detective that is trying to solve a blackmailing case for a dying millionaire. The story take place takes place in a big city in America during the 1930s, the period of the Great Depression when America was disillusioned and cynical about its prospects for the future.Philip Marlowe, The detective, discover trough the story that the case not only involves blackmail, but also murder. This book was Raymond Chandler’s first novel and it explores the oppressive cynical and corrupt society of 1930’s America. Chandler uses Philip Marlowe as the immoral yet heroic protagonist. Chandler mentions money throughout the novel as an ideal, a goal for the seedy crime ring that lives within the novel. Many of the characters kill and bribe for money.
THROUGH THIS essay i will focus on how the The Cynicism and America and the corruption of 1930s american society affect he society and the plot?character developpment.
During the 1930’s the corruption is very omnipresent in the society of Los Angeles. Branching out of the cynicism of the Great Depression, Chandler chooses not only to represent a world of money-hungry people, but also chooses to make this world dark and corrupt. As we go further in the novel Chandler questions the credibility of the police. Vivian Sternwood is the daughter of General Sternwood, the man Marlowe is working for. She says this about the police system: “He didn’t know the right people. That’s all a police record means in this rotten crime-ridden country.”(Page.._) She obviously implies that one could