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There are many conventions of the Crime Fiction genre there are also many different examples of ways in which these conventions along with different texts of the Crime Fiction genre reflect and affect the societies and time periods in which they were produced Two prime examples of the way crime fiction reflects and affects the society in which it was created are the movie The Big Sleep and the Patricia Cornwell novel Unnatural Exposure As these two texts are all very different in respect to use of conventions times in which they were produced it is interesting to compare the ways in which they affect and reflect the society which they were produced for The Big Sleep a film which was produced in 1946 reflects the times in many ways and makes sardonic statements on the ideals and morals of the times as such In the wake of the prohibition which caused a black market in liquor supplies American citizens developed an acute hatred and fear of organised crime which was becoming more prominent in society as it was at the time and this is addressed in The Big Sleep by showing seedy illegal gambling houses like the one Eddie Mars runs Camera techniques also are used to reflect the society which the big sleep was created for The use of fades to skim over action which occurs in the movie reflects the times because when The Big Sleep was produced it was not acceptable to show graphic violence in books or on film Use of music or no music creates suspense and the type of music which is used in the Big Sleep reflects the times it was created in However these were just the conventions of the time which have since changed Historically the Big Sleep was produced during the Great depression of the US In the depression the top 5 of the population controlled 90 of the wealth The other 95 of
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