The art of writing mixes in varying elements in order to create atmosphere, suspense or the climax of the work. Suffice it to say that the following stories discussed in this essay are the culmination of sex, alienation and melancholy brought on by the characters and the events surrounding those protagonists. This essay will seek to explore these elements in The Maltese Falcon, On the Road, Leaves of Grass and Howl. Hammettt’s The Maltese Falcon is about crime and passion and suspense and of these elements it is ultimately sex which drives the plot forward.
The main character is an anti-hero, whose deeds are not easily categorized under the black and white labels of good and evil, but rather the more primal sense of a self-possessed morality that is beyond the dutiful moral recall of society: that is to say that the anti-hero is bound to do some disgusting things which the audience will not agree with such as have an affair or kill a murderess, but in the end it is this anti-hero who saves the truth of the book. Maltese Falcon exhibits the elements of dark book in the very beginning of the film when Sam Spade walks up to 12 C apartment building.
Along side the anti-hero in the genre the audience is also exposed to a mystery. The Maltese Falcon illustrates this exact nature of mystery, and the anti-hero presented with an enigma to solve. Spade knocks on the door and gains entrance into the foyer. Spade makes his way into the parlor with his host who offers him a drink and says that, “Because he is not be trust when he does” which makes reference to a man drinking too much and therefore talking too much.
While Have at thee! the Arthurian battle cry from Monty Pythons Search for the Holy Grail, is a far a-hem cry from the modern day heros, the essence remains the same. Many aspects of culture have been wholly altered, but societys quest for a hero has remained. Each people of the ancient times had a matchless idol that was unto his self the embodiment of cultural perfection. In more recent eras, ...
This small sentence emphasizes the books aspect about trust and loyalties, either making them or breaking them and thus, the reader is automatically thrown into the idea of distrust at the very start of the book. The conversation goes on to re-emphasize this idea of trust, which is a main element in the suspense/crime genre; either in characters trusting other characters, or the audience members trusting the writer/narrator; there are many misconceptions in either case and that is part of the suspense of the crime/suspense genre especially as it applies to The Maltese Falcon.
While some narrators tell the truth of the story at the beginning of the respected work of art (as will be seen with Kerouac, Whitman, and Ginsberg’s works, Hammettt withholds the truth from the readers as well as the main characters. In the beginning scene it is revealed to the reader the meaning of the black bird which Spade’s character has been so anxious to find out its origin and definition. It is revealed to the audience that the black bird is a jewel encrusted statue intended for King Charles V from the knights templar but whose path never reached Spain.
Through history it has turned up across the world with a coat of black enamel so that it appears as any other statue. The suspension that is emphasized in this symbol is that of disguises. The book itself portends to other character disguises: characters pretending to be something they’re not, so that the beginning conversation about trust is recalled again and again through the course of reading the book and finding out the nature of importance to the characters this once golden bird statue has been.
While Hammettt revels in disguises, Kerouac does not give in to disguises but rather is a seeker of truth. Hence his book On the Road is a journey of the discovery of self and which leads in the end to discovering about friendship and humanity. Jack Kerouac’s book “On the Road” is a novel that laid much emphasis on the fact that the one reading has the eagerness to go out there and make the best of the day under the gloomy cover of the bright morning sun. Once upon a time, Kerouac also summarized all his notions and system of beliefs as since “I am poor, everything belongs to me”.
Lucy Gayheart is a young, spirited, intelligent music student from Haverford, on the South Platte River. In the winters, she attends a conservatory in Chicago, under the tutelage of Professor Auerbach. In Chicago, she lives in a room above a German bakery, where she takes her breakfasts and suppers. These small quarters do not distress her; indeed, she craves the solitude of her own will, her own ...
Young and vibrant visionaries in the days of old especially in the 1960’s took upon themselves to live autonomous lives out there: that is the road. These young vibrant youth also took upon themselves to opt out in the struggle for the American Dream. This happened as a result of the inability in realizing the American Dream and its associated ideologies and intentions. As a young, vibrant and talented writer, Kerouac presents himself here as a vibrant youth around the days of old who took life as a bed of roses moving around the streets of America, testing and experiencing the American Dream.
Yes, indeed the excavating or the journeys embarked on consists of sight seeing and other scenery including the infrastructure along the streets, scattered small houses in the township, societies, fine bushes and rough roads all linked along the streets. The strong heart beating generation of this time also had the inner desire to overcome its boundaries through the freedom of stronger ideas and beliefs. In fact from all the various sections of the main body of the novel, Kerouac also stressed that these young vibrant people of that generation focused more attention on how to make real good use of this life.
It must therefore be said that these were “real gangsters in their own paradise” who deep within their hearts new the rudiments of good will but decided to stay off from unity in the struggle of the American Dream and its ideologies. These so called “gangs” rod in vehicles plying the streets of America making all the fun they could get from this life. Kerouac also mentioned in his novel describing how nature was able to accommodate the rudiments of this life. That is he personified the sun in its own context. The high energy filled gangs were so desperate in everyday affairs.
But amidst all these, their main concern was to make a lot of luxury in this life and focus on irrelevant patterns of life and its components. The young vibrant youth were desperate and eager, but the lack of realization of their dreams made them feel that “the only opportunity was to move” out and find great pleasure in scandalous life styles like sex, drugs and spending time in the jazz and discotheques. From all indications “the energetic vibrant youth” had only a single and one important notion and that was life. As the adage goes, “Every minute of life is very vital for the survival of man”.
Aristotle conceived of three appeals for existence: ethos, pathos and logos, all of which are prevalent in all forms of writing, entertainment, speech, and generally life itself. Fredrick Douglass used all three appeals in writing his narrative as part of his rhetorical strategy to enlighten the public of both his life and his cause more than one hundred years ago. He specifically uses ethos, or ...
This explains why some people out of their own perspective; seem to be engaged with everything. They partake in all sorts of activities to way off time and make a good use of it. The spirits of the gangsters kept burning as revealed in their visions just as they were been pursued. Kerouac also emphasized that the gang were possessed with the spirit of vengeance in expressing their dreams only to realize that it was a nine day wonder. From every perspective, can it be said that the energetic vibrant youth were full of wisdom and enlightenment?
Could it be then said also that the greatest worry of every living being is that death may come too soon at a time of no expectancy? Is this not always true? It could be adjudicated that these times are mostly true. Though death was like a “terror beating in the hearts and minds of these gangsters, they gathered all efforts and strengths to welcome the sweetness of life in its full momentum. Psychologically, they had this system of belief “better enjoy before your expiry date”. The gangs were too wise in their own way to conform to the idealistic of the American Dreams.
They would spent time in experiencing life in its fullness rather than struggle in the fight of the American Dream just to be buried and rot at the end of the day in a wayward cemetery. From the forgoing, Kerouac realized this and presents the “vibrant energetic youth” as a result of the fact that the “vibrant generation” were liberated from the atrocities of ambition, physical possession and ideas, and was consistently looking into the good knowledge book that life would be. On the Road from all perspective, highlights on all sorts of stories in terms of madness played by all sorts of strange but wonderful characters.
The most interesting part of the whole novel is the characters refusal to miss out on life, and their determination to get most of their desires out of this life. On the summary, Kerouac raised some salient issues with regards to the novel. He stated emphatically that the struggle for the American Dream lied in the power of the youth who were vibrant at that time. However these vibrant energetic youth were got up amidst all sorts of negative attitudes and character which were not good. Kerouac also in his novel raised various versions in his writ up that were pleasing to the understanding of the ordinary man.
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The novel of the young talented chap needs much to be desired. He has placed himself in this entire generation of old and has emphasized the various life styles which were exhibited by these vibrant youth. In this respect, he also compared the “holy behavior” vis-a-vis with that of the vibrant generation or gangsters of old in order to enable the American Dreams to come into realization. On the Road as a novel contains various literature phrases, sounds and fictions mentioned in order to make the whole story look interesting and appetizing to the reader.
The various sections in the novel where especially Kerouac mentioned the attitudes of the characters as unscrupulous and appalling need much to be desired. The young vibrant energetic youth were entirely tired of the struggle in the American Dream. In view of this down in spirit, they sought to take up habitual attitudes which were not pleasing at all. In view of the forgoing and analyzing the novel as a whole, Kerouac can be described as a skeptical writer who was much interested in the demeanor of the strong heart beating generation.
He also presents himself to be in their shoes and acts in a way on how to recover the goodness of patriotism. He also stressed on the fact that in order for one to become successful, he needs to spend every little bit of his entire time. With this idea of forging onward despite set backs as has been described in Kerouac’s book and Hammettt’s novel, Ginsberg and Whitman are also on the trek toward a greater understanding of the human spirit. Ginsberg’s Howl poem illustrates this precisely.
He explores the misguided and alienated youth whose dreams and visions, and exploratory journeys in drugs and love lead them further down a path of alienation. And yet, there is hope in Ginsberg’s poem for these youth, he allows them to find a high in the simplest of pleasures relating the sun to sexual gratification and the minds of these youths (Kerouac included) to the forerunners of truth seekers of the Beat Generation. Ginsberg was inspired by Whitman and it is with him that these texts are permitted to explore such interesting elements of the human spirit.
Every truly extensive society ought to assure the active involvement of youth in all national labours that their opinions are incorporated in growth politics and that youth evolve leading skills. Unfortunately in many parts of the world this category has not been able to display a significant performance in the political suit. Mainly this is due to institutional and politics liability of the ...
He relates love to passing strangers in the night, an escaped slave finding shelter in the most unlikely place and in Whitman’s text the reader realizes what Whitman is ultimately trying to do is tell his reader they do not have to feel so alienated from this thing called life. While Hammett tries to hide the truth until the end of his book these other writers are trying to find the truth from the beginning. Like Spade’s character however the truth remains allusive even to Kerouac’s character Moriarty whose father they never found, even to Ginsberg’s youth.
Each of these genres illustrates this main point; there is always alienation, and it is up to the individual protagonist to find out their own cure.
Works Cited Hammett, Dashiell, The Maltese Falcon. New York: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 1992. Ginsberg, A. Howl. Online. Accessed 8 May 2009. http://members. tripod. com/~Sprayberry/poems/howl. txt Kerouac, Jack. On the Road. New York: Viking, 1997. Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass. New York: Kindle book, 2008.