Violent Tendencies in the Big Sleep

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The theme of violent tendencies flow through both Poe and Raymond’s novels, they are both used similarly and differently as well as for different effects. Also with different techniques.
In The Big Sleep Marlowe and Carmen Sternwood have a love hate relationship “I didn’t like her anymore.” Throughout chapter 31 they go from being friendly to each other to Carmen trying to shoot Marlowe to Marlowe tending to Carmen while she was unwell. Marlowe seems to genuinly care for Carmen "i caught her as she fell". He takes extra precautions to make sure she is ok "took all my strength to do it". Marlowe then protects Carmen from what has jus happened by keeping the truth from her which might scare her "what happened?" "Nothing why?". Their relationship is quite confusing and tends to turn very quickly. Similarly in Poe’s William Wilson the relationship that the main character has with his double is quite the same. At times he is fascinated by him “Deep awe” but that soon turns to hatred “Scoundrel!” Wilson's doppelganger is what you would say obssessed with Wilson, which other than looking exactly the same as him strains the relationship they have and turns it sour "imperious domination" . Wilson same as Marlowe was brought together with his double due to negative circumstances.
However Wilson’s relationship with his doppelganger is rather sinister in the fact that his doubles presence is somewhat paranormal “damnable whisper”. Wilson wants to kill his double, remove him from his life and doesn’t have a problem doing so “frenzy” describes his hatred. Whereas Marlowe and Carmen’s relationship is normal and friendlier in comparison “My, but your cute.” However in both pieces of text there is a scene of violence between the two characters.
Violent tendencies are demonstrated throughout William Wilson whether it is actions or just thoughts. Most of the violence is towards…...

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