The Valpo Core Reader


Julia Rohaly

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Freshman Seminar Essay

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Raymond Chandler's realism often has a startling effect. He is, in fact, so successful with realism that his writing often leaves the reader in a sombre, dissatisfied mood. This is the desired effect; Chandler did not merely write detective stories, he wrote realistic social commentaries. In his short story "Red Wind," Chandler's realism comes alive through an adroit use of imagery. The story's most prevalent image, one which connotes an underlying theme of moral degeneration, is the wind itself. Other images, however, are subtly and deftly inserted in order to establish a mood which remains with the reader at the end of the story.