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War NoirRaymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction$
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Sarah Trott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808646

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808646.001.0001

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Characterization: The Detective as Veteran

Characterization: The Detective as Veteran

(p.92) 4 Characterization: The Detective as Veteran
War Noir

Sarah Trott

University Press of Mississippi

Chapter four explores how the symptoms of war trauma have been transferred onto Chandler’s protagonist Philip Marlowe. Marlowe’s character traits will be closely examined by considering certain notable features such as the detective’s origins, characterization, disillusionment and his chivalric code of honour. Like Chandler, it becomes possible to identify the small but distinctive aspects of Marlowe’s character that suggest that he was a psychologically damaged war veteran fighting new battles on a different front.

Keywords:   Raymond Chandler, War trauma, Philip Marlowe, Transference, War veteran

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