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The Masculine Figure and his Struggle against Evil-rough draft Dashiell Hammetts novel The Maltese Falcon was such a success in American literature because of Hammetts version of the masculine figure in American society Hammett shows the masculine figure through Sam Spades 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 Hammetts 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 youll be polite Hammett 176 In this quote Spade is talking to Brigid OShaughnessy 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 mans partner is killed hes supposed to do something about it It doesnt make any difference what you thought of him He was your partner
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