Crime Fiction and Justice

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In crime writing, composers not only scrutinise justice but also experiment with textual forms and features in response to different contexts. Evaluate this statement with reference to two prescribed texts and two texts of your own. According to Fiske, genre’s ‘embody the crucial ideological concerns of the time in which they are popular.’ Throughout our study of crime fiction it is incontestable that each text, despite the context in which they are composed, focus on the overriding theme of truth and justice and how this is achieved – a popular concern in our time. Michael Ondaatje’s revisionist crime novel, Anil’s Ghost is a reflection of its late 20th century context of war torn Sri Lanka where through its subversion of structure and resolution justice is never administered, despite what the truth may be. Secondly, Stoppard’s 1968 ‘Absurd’ and Post-modern Real Inspector Hound focuses on iconoclasm, the questioning of identity and the abandonment of realism. Through this he parodies the traditional conventions of crime fiction by highlighting that justice is not always established in the chaos of the real world. Thirdly, Atkinson’s Affairs of the Heart presents the reader with only the crime but not the voice of the detective. In fact the ‘murderer’ has been wrongly accused, framed and not given a voice, a reflection of its 21st century context where the law is not always equal to the task of addressing crime. Similarly, Rankin’s short story The Very Last Drop (2010) explores the idea that justice is not always served, regardless of arriving at the truth. Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost explores justice through the prevailing theme of truth, which irrefutably mirrors the social and cultural issues existing in the context in which it’s set – arguably one of the key aspects of crime fiction. The composer focuses on the way an atmosphere of violence and
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