Raymond Chandler's Writing Techniques In The Big Sleep

1119 words - 4 pages

Raymond Chandler's Writing Techniques in The Big Sleep

 
    I sat at my desk, wondering what I could possibly write about The Big Sleep. I mean, there are so many possibilities. This guy, Raymond Chandler's writing style is so different from anything I have ever read before, that there are many things that I could talk about. I heard that Chandler once said, "I live for syntax!" It does not surprise me that he would say something along those lines. I mean, this writer is all over the page with different writing techniques. Whether it is his use of similes or the lack of punctuation, Chandler's novel is easy to read, process and enjoy.

 

I wouldn't say that this book requires an in-depth reading to understand the plot. The style that Chandler writes in is easily understood. His narrative voice is almost what I would consider conversational. Conversational, in the sense that everyday speech is very similar to the written language of this novel; it is uncommon to write the same way that one talks. It was easy for me to hear the voices of Marlowe and Vivian in my head; I could hear the sarcastic tones of the protagonist as I read. The flow of this novel does not have the normal novelistic style that most books consist of; that is, layered, detailed and a bit wordy sometimes. It is written very much how people talk to one another. Chandler uses a lot of slang, not in conversations, but in his narrative.

 

In order to easily describe the way Chandler writes it is best to break down a few bits and pieces of the text. For instance, the lack of punctuation throughout Chandler's text is an example of his style. It takes a while to find a semi-colon or a colon anywhere in the novel. I have already put more semi-colons into this paper than Chandler has in his entire book! Chandler is fond of the comma. In places that he could use a dash, the reader will see a comma. This is a strange style because it makes the reader think that he did not know how to use the other kinds of punctuation so he just stuck to the comma. I think that Chandler was a bit comma happy because every paragraph, consisting of about six sentences on average, probably has six or seven commas at least-that's a lot for one small paragraph!

 

Small paragraphs are also a characteristic of Chandler's style. Not including the conversational paragraphs, I would say that Chandler's average paragraph was six sentences. The sentences say what they say; they are not long-winded, layered sentences, but quick and to the point sentences. The words in the sentences are not by any means elaborate either. It might take longer to find a word with more than two syllables than a colon! This technique is very effective to let the reader follow the plot easier; the words are not ones that an average intellectual person would stumble over.

 

Possibly the most famous of...

Find Another Essay On Raymond Chandler's Writing Techniques in The Big Sleep

Corruption in The Big Sleep Essay

1013 words - 4 pages In Raymond Chandler’s novel The Big Sleep, a private detective is trying to unravel a blackmailing case for a dying millionaire, General Sternwood. Philip Marlowe, the detective, finds that the case not only involves blackmail, but also homicide. Set and written in 1930’s America, the economic devastation of the Great Depression has a significant influence on the book’s plot, and showcases character’s struggle to retain honor and virtue in a

the big sleep Essay

544 words - 2 pages FOLLOWING CLUES: DETECTIVE FICTION IN FILM AND LITERATURE FILM REVIEW # 2WORK OF: CHARANJEEV MEHMISTUDENT NUMBER: 991351103SUBMITTED TO: ADAM HONSINGERThis whole review revolves around the Motion Picture "The Big Sleep" and many aspects of movie including the personalities will be highlighted and my focus will be on the detective who played a vital role in movie and the process through which the case being solved by hard-boiled detective will

Writing Techniques in Poe's The Raven

1060 words - 4 pages Writing Techniques in Poe's "The Raven"   Edgar Allan Poe uses several writing techniques to create a single concentrated effect of unending despair in his classic poem, "The Raven." The most noticeable technique is the use of repetition. Just as repeated exposure to cold raindrops can chill one to the bone, repeated exposure to words of hopelessness and gloom creates a chilling effect. Poe saturates the reader with desperate futility by

Writing Techniques Used in The Bluest Eye

2844 words - 11 pages being a writer. She has won the Nobel Prize in Literature in which she was the first African American woman to do so. The various writing techniques that she uses not only in The Bluest Eye, but also in all of her novels, are extraordinary.      I hope that many people have shared the experience that I have by reading her books by getting an insight to the many ways in which not only a writer but also anyone can

Film Noir: The Big Sleep

1069 words - 5 pages Film Noir is a genre of distinct and unique characteristics. Mostly prominent in the 40s and 50s, the genre rarely skewed from the skeletal plot to which all Film Noir pictures follow. The most famous of these films is The Big Sleep (1946) directed by Howard Hawks. This film is the go to when it comes to all the genre’s clichés. This formula for film is so well known and deeply understood that it is often a target for satire. This is what the

The Big Sleep: Movie vs. Novel

1724 words - 7 pages Big Sleep in the genre of film noir; this seemed like the obvious choice for a hardboiled detective novel. Film noir is the "'dark film,' a term applied by French critics to [the] type of American film, usually in the detective of thriller genre, with low-key lighting and a somber mood" (Bordwell 479). By using this genre of filmmaking, Hawks had an effective vehicle with which to retain the tone of Chandler's novel.   An artist though

The Big Sleep, and the Dark Noir

793 words - 4 pages not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell. Me, I was part of the nastiness now." The Big Sleep, characterizes the hard-boiled detective genre with it's darkness, futility, cruelty, hopelessness, and a main character who reflects all of this in detail. Works Cited Chandler, Raymond. The Big Sleep

Techniques Used in the Writing of Metaphysical Poetry

614 words - 2 pages The ideas and techniques of the metaphysical poets were much different from those of some of the earlier poets we have read. This type of poetry was established in the early 17th century England. In metaphysical poetry, an obvious use of sex and sexual innuendos is prevalent, as opposed to earlier times when it was rarely even mentioned. It also was a more realistic variety of poetry and was much less fairytale or fantasy. Another technique of

Writing Techniques for Sympathy in "The Bridge" by Jessie Kesson

676 words - 3 pages The Bridge, by Jessie Kesson is a short story which describes the thoughts and feelings of a character that faces up to a challenge of crossing a bridge with a gang that he tags along with. In this essay I will describe these thoughts and feelings that make you sympathise with character and show how the writer has used different writing techniques to show this. The three main characters in the book come with very different personalities. Mike

Movie Essays - Romanticism in the Film Version of The Big Sleep

1660 words - 7 pages Romanticism in the Film Version of The Big Sleep        In Raymond Chandler's novel The Big Sleep, he presents two sisters, Vivian and Carmen. These women become the central characters, aside from Philip Marlowe, and they control much of the action in the novel. The 1946 film version of The Big Sleep, however, manipulates Chandler's characters considerably. Aside from playing with the dialogue of the novel, the screen-writers change

The Never-ending Journey of the Sisyphean hero in "The Big Sleep"

1573 words - 7 pages character. Existentialism pivots around the idea that an individual wanders - often disoriented - in an absurd and meaningless world. In his novel, The Big Sleep, author Raymond Chandler introduces protagonist Philip Marlowe as this new existential hero. Marlowe is a detective who is loyal to his client and his client only. He possesses the qualities of an antihero who is not bound by the law, yet fights against the criminal underworld and works for

Similar Essays

Raymond Chandler's Writing Style In The Big Sleep

934 words - 4 pages Raymond Chandler's Writing Style in The Big Sleep      Unique writing style is definitely an essential element in any piece of writing, and Raymond Chandler uses his style efficiently in The Big Sleep. Chandler's style is one that seems to come easily to him and it also seems very natural to the reader, perhaps because there is not a lot of high, eloquent language. Rich in description and dialogue, the characters seem more realistic

An Example Of American Literature. Short Essay On 20th Century American Literature Using Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep" As An Example

579 words - 2 pages 20th century literature, particularly literature which the setting is based on the days of World War I, the gangster era, and prohibition are prime examples of the classic authors of America. These books show corruption and hate, and portray crime that is considered horrific in our generation, as everyday happenings of the time periods based on the settings in these books. A quintessential example of these types of books is Raymond Chandler's

The Use Of Series In The Big Sleep By Raymond Chandler

1206 words - 5 pages The Use of Series in The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler   In The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler writes items in a series in almost every paragraph that does not include dialogue, occasions, in the text where Marlowe watches the other character do something like open and close a book or light a cigarette and flick the ash into a tray. When Chandler stops the dialogue to creates a space for Marlowe to record elements in the

Title: "Corruption In The Big Sleep" This Essay Explores The Corruption Of Society Found In "The Big Sleep" By Raymond Chandler

1106 words - 4 pages "The Big Sleep" is about a private detective that is trying to solve a blackmailing case for a dying millionaire. The detective, Philip Marlowe, finds that the case not only involves blackmail, but also murder. This book was Raymond Chandler's first novel and it explores the oppressive and corrupt society of 1930's America. Chandler uses Philip Marlowe as the immoral yet heroic protagonist.The corruption of 1930's society is present in the