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Compare and contrast the Murders in The Rue Morgue and The Big Sleep.

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Introduction

Compare and contrast the Murders in The Rue Morgue and The Big Sleep The extract taken from Murders in The Rue Morgue is from when Dupin is going over the police investigations of the murders and showing the narrator that there is more to the murders than the police have found e.g. the police believe there is a motive yet nothing had been taken from the house. Although the story is written in the first person narrative this extract is written as direct speech. Through this direct speech, Dupin shows his attitude to the police when he says 'The conclusion here is absurd,' as this shows he is undermining the conclusions of the police. ...read more.

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For example Marlowe say's to Brody, 'you didn't watch hard enough.' This shows that Marlowe is not scared of Brody and he questions his judgement even thought he knows Brody is a gangster. This demonstrates something about Marlowe that is continued throughout the novel, that people of the underworld do not scare him. Like Dupin, Marlowe can be seen in this extract analysing information to come to conclusions. This shows Brody he is one step a head of him and knows what Brody has done e.g. 'Where did you hide Geiger's body?' Saying this makes Brody want to defend him and so therefore tell the truth. French language is used in Murders of The Rue Morgue such as 'outre' and 'madame.' ...read more.

Conclusion

'Buick' is an example of this. Unlike Dupin, Marlowe uses slang such as 'racket' and 'sapped him down.' This informal register allows him to communicate on the same level as Brody who is a member of the underworld. Simple and complex are used rather than complex ones like in The Murders of The Rue Morgue. This is due to changes in styles of writing and makes the storyline easy to keep up with. Old language is used in The Murders in The Rue Morgue such as 'ingress' and 'egress.' 'Francs' is also an archaic word since the Euro was introduced. This helps date the text. The language in the second extract is more modern and words such as 'Buick' shows the story is set in the time of cars. ...read more.

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