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The Masculine Figure On Early American Literature.

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The Masculine Figure and his Struggle against Evil-rough draftDashiell Hammett's novel, The Maltese Falcon, was such a success in American literature because of Hammett's version of the masculine figure in American society. Hammett shows the masculine figure through Sam Spade's character, with his firm and social moral standings, and his young attitude. Most importantly, however, is the way Hammett shows the masculine figure through the battle of evil throughout the novel. The masculine figure is one, which exemplifies the figure of Sherlock Holmes. It has a firm social and moral basis, and wins its triumphs through exercise of reason. The masculine figure fights, in its own ways, against evil. (Bazelon, 193)The masculine figure is one which exemplifies the figure of Sherlock Holmes. It has a firm social and moral basis, and wins its triumphs through exercise of reason. The masculine figure fights, in its own ways, against evil. (Bazelon, 193) Throughout the novel the Hammett's main character, Sam Spade, best exemplifies the masculine figure through his firm moral and social standings. "People lose teeth talking like that. If you want to hang around, you'll be polite." (Hammett, 176) In this quote Spade is talking to Brigid O'Shaughnessy about her language while in front of people. He is making a point of giving her a small lesion in etiquette and manners, which shows his beliefs of firm social standings. He is refined, meaning, he believes that it is inappropriate for anyone, especially a lady, to speak in such an undignified manner.The firm moral standing can also bee seen though faithfulness, to any number of things, the church, family, and especially the job. The main character, Sam Spade, shows faithfulness numerous times throughout the novel, remaining faithful to his job no matter what the consequences may be."When a man's partner is killed, he's supposed to do something about it. It doesn't make any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and you're supposed to do something about it. And it happens we're in the detective business. Well, when one of your organizations gets killed, it's, it's bad for business to let the killer get away with it, bad all around, bad for every detective everywhere." (Hammett, 87)Sam Spade chooses to remain faithful to his job although it could cost him everything; therefore he is showing his firm moral standings through his faithfulness to his job, because he is standing up for what he believes in. Spade always chooses to be faithful to his job--because this means being faithful to his own identity, his masculine self. (Bazelon, 194)Through his firm social and moral standings Sam Spade best represents a masculine figure, such as one of Sherlock Holmes, and as the figure that Hammett has outlined in previous detective novels. It is through his ability to remain faithful to his job, and correct other people's undignified manners that we see his commitment to his social and moral standings. Sam...

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