Red Harvest Summary
Red Harvest presents a literary image of the United States as a violent, greedy, power-hungry society. The main villains are not the gangsters but wealthy influential people who use thugs to defend their often ill-gotten wealth and the power derived from it.
This lust for money and power is stronger than even family ties, as witnessed by the death of Donald Wilsson caused indirectly by his own father.
The question Hammett presents to the reader focuses on what, if anything, can be done to correct this situation; furthermore, Hammett writes about the consequences which face a man who has made it his task to steer clear both of pervasive corruption and of the attempts to fight against it.
The end of the novel indicates that any victory against the forces of materialism and greed will be short-lived, since the core of the corruption is not located in the...
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Red Harvest Short Guide
Dashiell Hammett Biographies (4)
1,765 words, approx. 6 pages
Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) was a seminal figure in the development of the peculiarly American contribution to crime fiction--the hard-boiled detective story.Samuel Dashiell Hammett was born of Engli...
5,928 words, approx. 20 pages
"I'm one of the few--if there are any more--people moderately literate who take the detective story seriously," Dashiell Hammett wrote to his publisher in 1928 at the beginning of his novel-writing ca...
6,957 words, approx. 24 pages
Biography EssayIn March 1928, just after Dashiell Hammett had submitted his first novel for publication, he wrote to his editor, Blanche Knopf, that unlike most moderately literate people, he took det...
13,209 words, approx. 45 pages
Dashiell Hammett is generally credited with bringing a new degree of authenticity as well as artistry to the crime fiction that flourished in the pulp magazines of the first decades of the twentieth c...
Essays & Analysis (1)
2,423 words, approx. 9 pages
Critical Essay by John G. Cawelti
In contrast to most hard-boiled detective writers who tend to employ the same detective and the same essential story over and over, Dashiell Hammett's work is ...