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What have I found interesting in my study of crime stories?

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What have I found interesting in my study of crime stories? Criminals have been portrayed in many ways over the centuries. The oldest being Eve whom, it is said, introduced the source of all crime into the world... evil. Since then, criminals have in many shapes and forms. In Greek legends, the Gods themselves were, on occasions, perceived to be evil. War criminals such as Hitler and numerous Roman emperors are among the most notable historic figures. Many questions have been asked of these criminals, why do they commit crimes, what emotion can be so powerful to persuade a person to completely ignore their good side. Are criminals truly what we perceive them to be, or is it merely a false perception implanted in our gullible minds by numerous authors and scriptwriters. We shall see? In order to truly observe the criminal mind, one must first observe their motives. Since the 20th Century writers such as Edgar Allan Poe have attempted to bring reason to the insanity that is crime. And so I believe this to be a fitting place to begin. ...read more.


Up until now I have observed that all crime stories include murder, and the Lord of the Flies is no different. However, William Golding's presentation of the murders is unique. He shows how evil resides in us all from the moment we are born. This is done by William Golding's decision to make the criminals young children. However, Lord of the Flies is not strictly a crime story. In fact, it is more a show of human nature than a specifically insane criminal. This is perhaps why crime stories have such mass appeal. There is evil inside us all, 'maybe it's only us (the beast)', and so crime stories are a way of releasing that evil without truly committing a crime. However, William Golding decides to create an evil incarnate. The beast. This beast is the fuel for all the crime on the island. Simon's death occurs because the children believe that he (Simon) is the beast. Jacks separation from the pack and eventual creation of his own tribe is partially due to the beast and the fear that it inspires. ...read more.


The interrogator believes that a man known as Keaton is Soze. He forces Verbal to disclose information about Soze; oblivious to the fact that Verbal is Keyser Soze. This automatically lays rest to the saying, 'crime doesn't pay'. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that Verbal is completely sane and has full control when he is committing crimes. This is a pleasant change from the typically insane, out of control criminal. And so it can be deduced that Keyser Soze was initially motivated by revenge, but he eventually becomes used to a life of crime and so it develops into a habit. The lesson that can be learned from this is that evil is addictive. However, the portrayal of a criminal cannot be judged solely by the motivation and character. The language surrounding the criminals is vital to creating an effective atmosphere. Criminals have generally been associated with darkness; most people expect them to be accompanied by a violent storm. The Lord of the Flies is an especially good example. William Golding uses pathetic fallacy many times in his book. All these books play a huge part in the audience's appreciation of crime stories. Many people will not only be intrigued but these books but there interest in crime stories will grow even further. ...read more.

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