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Throughout detective fiction individual characters simultaneously play a multitude of roles These roles are often in contradiction of one another Professional role conflicting with personal beliefs while other times the characters experience an inner personal struggle This is duality of roles within the detective fiction novels is evident throughout the genre Early on in such works as Sophocles Oedipus Oedipus is not only the authority but the perpetrator as well Traditional detectives such as Dupin and Holmes do not experience this role conflict for they are detectives who play it by the book putting no emotion into their cases Hardboiled detectives are traditionally torn between justice and a femme fatal as they take an on the role of knight in shining armor trying to protect the damsel in distress In modern day detective fiction novels the lines between detective and justice are blurred so much that it becomes difficult to see where one ends and the other begins Duality of roles in not only evident in detective fictional characters but their authors as well Joseph Hansen a prolific author of homosexual detective fiction is married to a woman and leads to what appears to be the all American life In a traditional wedding ceremony Hansen married Jane Bancroft in 1943 Marowski 236 The couple consummated their relationship and has one daughter Babra Evory 277 Hansen even went so far as to Immersed himself in evangelical church activities and for a time he entertained the notion of becoming a minister Malinowski 179 While on all appearances Hansen leads a religious and pure way of life he had a series of male lovers on the side One serious boyfriend Bobker Ben Ali was an actor with the Pasadena Playhouse Malinowski 179 Hansen is torn between the traditional American way of life and his homosexual desires Just as art often imitates life this same role conflict that is apparent in Joseph Hansens personal life can also be
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