Chris.Amy.Shaun.     Dr. Moore
About The Author      Raymond Thornton      Chandler was born in      Chicago on July 23,      1888.His mother was Irish a...
Author BackgroundLater in life Chandler resentedhis father and took on many ofhis characteristics after hemarried a much o...
Reasons For WritingDuring Chandler’s time in the oilbusiness he fell into one of hisfather’s vices: drinking.He lost his j...
Social   ContextThe Great Depression
The Great Depression Money is mentioned as an ideal throughout the novel. The biggest social aspect of the novel is The Gr...
Style and InfluenceChandler’s style of writing wasdifferent than previous styles ofnovels. Chandler not only brokeaway fro...
ThemesThe Cynicism of 1930’s AmericaThe Corruption of American Society
ThemesPrivilege and EntitlementMeaning of Life
MotifsThe WeatherThe Knight
SymbolsThe GreenhouseThe Orchids
SymbolsThe Stained GlassThe Chessboard
Analysis of Major    CharactersPhillip Marlowe
Analysis of Major    CharactersEddie Mars
Analysis of Major    CharactersCarmen Sternwood
Important Quotations  “I was wearing my powder-blue suit...Iwas neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I       didn’t care who...
Important Quotations“Vivian is spoiled, exacting, smart and  quite ruthless. Carmen is a child who likes to pull wings off...
Important Quotations“She’s a grifter, shamus. I’m a grifter.   We’re all grifters. So we sell each         other out for a...
Important Quotations  “You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were   not bothered by things like that, oil an...
Final Thoughts
Chris.Amy.Shaun    The Big Sleep
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  1. 1. Chris.Amy.Shaun. Dr. Moore
  2. 2. About The Author Raymond Thornton Chandler was born in Chicago on July 23, 1888.His mother was Irish and his fatherwas from Pennsylvania and ofEnglish descent. He was a railroadengineer, an alcoholic and anunfaithful husband who abandonedhis family after he divorcedRaymonds mother in 1895.
  3. 3. Author BackgroundLater in life Chandler resentedhis father and took on many ofhis characteristics after hemarried a much older womannamed Cecilia Pascal.Chandler got involved and madegood money in the oil boom ofthe 1920’s in California. Hisexperience in the oil industry iswhat led him to criticize thecorruption of such industries inThe Big Sleep.
  4. 4. Reasons For WritingDuring Chandler’s time in the oilbusiness he fell into one of hisfather’s vices: drinking.He lost his job during the GreatDepression and started readingpulp novels, especially DashiellHammett.The Big Sleep was Chandler’sfirst novel in 1939.
  5. 5. Social ContextThe Great Depression
  6. 6. The Great Depression Money is mentioned as an ideal throughout the novel. The biggest social aspect of the novel is The Great Depression. Chandler has characters that kill for money. Chandler uses the cynicism of the era to represent a world of money hungry people. Even the police are corruptible in Chandler’s novel. Everyone has a price.
  7. 7. Style and InfluenceChandler’s style of writing wasdifferent than previous styles ofnovels. Chandler not only brokeaway from the language ofprevious detective fiction, but wasalso unconventional in plotting,in his play with order, and in theaddition of more than oneplotline.Chandlers innovations led to thefilm style of the 1940s and 1950scalled film noir.
  8. 8. ThemesThe Cynicism of 1930’s AmericaThe Corruption of American Society
  9. 9. ThemesPrivilege and EntitlementMeaning of Life
  10. 10. MotifsThe WeatherThe Knight
  11. 11. SymbolsThe GreenhouseThe Orchids
  12. 12. SymbolsThe Stained GlassThe Chessboard
  13. 13. Analysis of Major CharactersPhillip Marlowe
  14. 14. Analysis of Major CharactersEddie Mars
  15. 15. Analysis of Major CharactersCarmen Sternwood
  16. 16. Important Quotations “I was wearing my powder-blue suit...Iwas neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn’t care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.”
  17. 17. Important Quotations“Vivian is spoiled, exacting, smart and quite ruthless. Carmen is a child who likes to pull wings off flies. Neither of them has anymore moral sense than a cat. Neither have I. No Sternwood ever had.”
  18. 18. Important Quotations“She’s a grifter, shamus. I’m a grifter. We’re all grifters. So we sell each other out for a nickel.”
  19. 19. Important Quotations “You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that, oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep,not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell. Me, I was part of the nastiness now. Far more a part of it than Rusty Regan was.”
  20. 20. Final Thoughts
  21. 21. Chris.Amy.Shaun The Big Sleep

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