The Big Sleep Film Summary & Analysis

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Characters

Philip Marlowe played by Humphrey Bogart

Description

Philip Marlowe is a private detective hired by General Sternwood to investigate attempts to blackmail him. Marlowe has solved many similar cases and has a close relationship with the police. Marlowe is also friends with Shawn Regan who recently worked for the General but has disappeared without explanation.

Marlowe's strong personality attracts Vivian to him, and he is attracted to her as well. Throughout the film, they go from being enemies, to being friends, to falling in love. Marlowe does his best to protect both Vivian and her family from rumors and speculation concerning their involvement in illegal operations.

Analysis

Marlowe is a strong, independent man who does not care what anyone thinks. He easily holds his own, both when Vivian verbally attacks him and when Mars' henchmen physically attack him. Marlowe is the all-around tough guy who also...

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