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How, and with What Intended Effect on the Reader, Is the Theme of Villainy Presented by Poe and Chandler in Your Chosen Extracts? Compare Literary, Linguistic and Contextual Aspects of Each Writer’s Approach to the Set Theme. Essay

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How, and with what intended effect on the reader, is the theme of VILLAINY presented by Poe and Chandler in your chosen extracts?   Compare literary, linguistic and contextual aspects of each writer’s approach to the set theme.

Murder is the villainous act committed in both the Tell Tale Heart and The Big Sleep extracts. The motives surrounding each, the perpetrator of the crime and also the linked themes differ immensely.
      The Poe extract prepares us for the deed and allows us an insight into the workings of the villains mind through the use of a first person account of his thinking and actions. Whereas Chandlers allows us to watch one of the many corrupt events that take place in The Big Sleep unfold from the sidelines. He uses dialogue to show the interaction between villain and victim with the added third party of Marlowe’s first person narrative to fill in the gaps.
        The Big sleep is very much an exploration of society as a whole and the role it plays in creating villainy, whereas in The Tell Tale Heart Poe chooses to concentrate on the individual.
        Chandler uses dialogue to demonstrate through interaction the unequal relationship between villain and victim. The Big Sleeps villain is embodied in the form of Lash Canino in this extract. He is a cold, Mafia type henchman that asserts his authority and dominance over Harry Jones by constantly referring to him as ‘little man.’ This exertion of power is again enforced when Harry Jones calls his bluff on whether he will shoot him or not. Canino coolly replies “A Chicago overcoat is what it would get you, little man.” Chandlers use of the 1930’s slang term “Chicago overcoat” meaning coffin also aids in creating an authentic feel to the story as a whole.
      A feeling of villainy having ties to power and the villain having this over his victim is also apparent in the Poe extract. The murderer states that “Never, before that night, had I felt the extent of my own powers…” Poe uses italics to...

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