Revenge In Richard Stark's The Hunter

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Operation: Revenge Would you be willing to go against a major syndicate corporation knowing that your life is on the line every minute of every day just to get back what you deserve? That's what happens to Parker in the 1962 Richard Stark's thriller novel The Hunter. Parker is a mean and nasty person who does not care about anyone else but himself. He was out to go and get Mal who helped him out on a heist, but backstabbed Parker to get more money to help pay a debt he owed to the Outfit. The Outfit is a hotel that has gradually developed into a place where the people of the organization can safely launder money. In 1999, director Brian Helgeland wrote Payback starring Mel Gibson. Despite the movie being written based off of the movie, the…show more content…
In the story, Parker went back to his wife Lynn. Parker was mad at her because she crossed him during the heist with Mal. Lynn was talking about how she kept on wishing that she wished that she was dead instead of Parker. Parker told her to take pills to overdose herself. The next morning, Parker finds his wife dead which makes him angry. He never wanted Lynn dead, but to only beat her up a bit to teach her a lesson. Despite it being microscopic, Stark shows the readers that there is an altruism engraved in his personality. In the movie, Porter has a love interest in Rosie who is a prostitute for the Outfit. When Porter saw Rosie, they both hugged and met each other. In the novel when Rosie wanted to welcome Parker back in her life Parker did something she did not expect. "He nodded, and brushed past her through the foyer..." (Stark,125). Clearly in the novel, Parker does not have the time to really care about the women the way that Porter does in the movie. There was a scene in the movie where Val was beating up Rosie, and Parker came in and shot Val and saved Rosie's life despite the fact that he was putting himself in danger. Porter, being the tough he is, says, "I forgot my cigarettes," (Helgelund). The novel shows that Parker is a very insensitive man, but he does at some points care for other people in his…show more content…
Parker and Porter were both good at being criminals, but they did have their differences. Parker was a guy who liked to use his hands to get information, but Porter did not mind using a gun to scare people to get information. Both thugs had different motives to pursue them. Parker wanted nothing more than revenge. The money was important to him, but he felt that he needed to prove a point to Mal and the organization. Porter on the other hand, just wanted the money. He might have killed a few people on the way, but that was only collateral to get his money. The two characters also had different signs of altruism. Parker was angry at Lynn for dying because he never wanted her dead. He just wanted to cut her up a bit to make her understand what she did was wrong. Porter on the other hand was risking his life to save Rosie. The audience has also changed since the 1960s. Stark wrote this novel for men and wanted to make the men feel good about themselves when reading it. He wrote Parker in a way where the men feel like they can go out and conquer whatever they want as long as they go out and get it. Parker did not care for women the way that Porter did. There was a love interest between Rosie and Porter to make Porter more appealing to women. The women in the movie were shown to be very intelligent and can be the top person at a

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