24 February 2015
Devil in a Blue Dress Summary
The protagonist of Devil in a Blue Dress goes by the name of Ezekial “Easy” Rawlins. In the year 1948, this character takes the form of a young black WWII veteran living in Watts, Los Angeles. Originally from a neighborhood in Houston, Easy is not an actual detective, but he is nonetheless the protagonist of this detective novel. The goal this protagonist is trying to pursue is to find the female counterpart of himself, or a mysterious woman only known by the name Daphne. A theme displayed from the start of the novel is the disadvantage that African American’s faced, especially in the years before the civil rights movements. The reason Easy is in this position to track down this woman he knows nothing about is because he lost his legitimate job at the aircraft factory due to prejudices against himself. The journey tells us much about the inner workings of Easy. As he delves deeper and deeper into the underworld of the dangerous LA streets, his conscience is also explored. This is mainly because of the guilt he feels for the actions he had to take during his service in the war, as well as his murderous past in Houston. Towards the climax of the novel, we find out that Daphne is black in actuality, the person in search of her is actually her boyfriend, and that Easy was deceived from the beginning. In the end, Easy does not get the girl, and more people end up dead than before. This classic telling of noir, set against the backdrop of 1948 Los Angeles is very telling of the genre and follows it to detail. In the reading from Moodle, A Certain Tendency of the French Cinema, we get a good description of how film adaptation should be conducted. A main point that can be taken away from this article is the 2 rules that the writers go by. This being faithfulness to the spirit of the work adapted, and confidence in the talent used by the adapter. The author of the article...
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