Find Out the Hard Hemingway

The Killers by Hemmingway was not one of my favorite reads. I was expecting there to be some elaborate killing, especially after reading other pieces of Noir. There are a lot of instances where the language is very vulgar, which is something that was probably more common during the writing in the 20s. Today, many books that have vulgar language get placed on the banned books list, which is a little ridiculous because sometimes that is what helps convey the story. One thing I did really like about this story is that you get to see other characters, not just the narrator. The piece was also very descriptive, and we never really know why Anderson is the target of the murder. It keeps you on your toes the entire time.

This reading was a great example of Noir. The Killers, The Postman Always Rings Twice and Dopamine Agnostics, had a lot of similarities. They were all very dark, and included a lot of dialogue. There are a lot of plot twists that you don’t expect, which really adds to the whole Noir thing. They all show how complex the human mind can be, and what people are really capable of. In my post about The Postman Always Rings TwiceI noted that the plot twists are what kept me interested. I think that is the main aspect of Noir that I love. I do enjoy the dark thrill of it all as well. In my post about Dopamine Agnostics, I talked about how subtly drama was placed in the story. I have noticed that Noir doesn’t need a lot of drama to read well, and to be exciting. All of the darkness and evilness of the characters and the plot do that on their own. I’m really enjoying every aspect of noir, and will probably start watching more Criminal Minds.

In all, I have learned a lot about Noir after analyzing these readings. If I had to pick 5 words or phrases to sum it all up, I would choose the following

dark; plot twists; conniving; intense; paranoia 

One Comment
  1. I lvoe the idea of five words to sum it up. And I think your words get at it well. Hemingway’s piece is hard, between the overt racism, the confusion around who is talking, and the nebulous sense of what the hell happened, it is a deeply dark piece. Interestingly enough, he comes out of a moment after WWI known as the Lost Generation, and such a piece really speaks to that, not to mention the rise of organized crime as a popular frame for literature, and in the 1930s film. In essence Max and Al are triggermen for the mob, and the have come to collect a debt. They don;t exactly know why, and that’s part of the horror too. Murder as a financial transaction-not necessarily new, but never truly comprehensible for the majority of us.

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