The Neon Rain Themes & Symbolism

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Like many hard-boiled writers, Burke attempts to describe the world in realistic terms. To do so, Burke must first admit the essential difference between the appearance of the world and its substance, and the consequent difficulty in realistically describing a world that we have difficulty perceiving accurately. Thus, Burke seeks both to depict the real world and the difficulty in knowing, and accepting, this world. For example, the violence and deviance represented by the files assigned to Robicheaux at the beginning of the novel serve Burke as "a microcosm of an aberrant world." This view of the world continues the hard-boiled tradition, but Burke seems unsatisfied with this description, as if it oversimplifies the world he knows. The importance of dreams in The Neon Rain and others of Burke's works demonstrate his belief in a metaphysical level of existence, a belief which Robicheaux shares: "Shakespeare said that all...

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