“The Shadow” was my favorite reading that I did this week. I chose it randomly off the list, and I am happy about my decision.
This story had a lot more mystery in it, even though it was pretty short. It was actually a pretty quick read because it kept the reader interested in the story the entire time. The ending was a surprise for me. I thought that Corvet had actually been in the room, and I was surprised to find out what is actually Martan. The shadow is also a pretty cool figure in the story as he can be seen as almost godlike in his portrayed omniscience as well as his being everywhere in the room at once.
Noir in the story can be seen especially in the shadow. It is definitely in his name, it is in his characters attributes. Another instance of the noir in here is the setting, in a creepy house late at night, by themselves with mysterious gifts and them just waiting for a man to come and kill them. Even the name of the prison that they used to all be in has a dark tone to it; the entire story seems to be a sort of faded, dark experience.
In Hemingway’s “The Killers” I was waiting for something to happen but nothing ever did. There was no ending to the story, it basically left you waiting and wondering if they were going to come back, or something going to happen to the men in the restaurant. It was very anticlimactic.
This story was full of noir. There was no are in the way they spoke. They used the phrase “bright boy” a lot in reference to the workers in the restaurant. They also kept saying “What’s the idea?” and other phrases that relate to the noir dialect. The Description of their clothes an example of noir as well. Hemingway describes their dark overcoats, their hats; even the way their faces are portrayed gives off a sense of noir. Setting is noir as well. The story begins with two mysterious men walking into the lunch-room, while it’s dark outside and a streetlamp comes on out the window.
Alternative Ending: (3 stars)
(This occurs as Nick is going to check on Ole Anderson at the Hirsch room).
Nick walk up to the Hirsch house and knocked on the door. A lady let them inside. She asked what he wanted and he said to see Ole Anderson. She took him to the room and knocked on the door. Ole Anderson answered and said to come in. As the door opened, in the past Nick rushed Max and Al. Ole Anderson rose up off the bed and socked Max square in the jaw. As Max lay unconscious on the floor, Al reach for his gun, but he was too slow. Mrs. Hirsch, who had let Nick in, pulled out her own pistol and shot Al in the back. They quickly tied up Max and told Nick he better get out of there.
Frozen in place, Nick asked what happened, and old Anderson explained how he knew they were coming. They had been after him for a while and he knew they would be there any day. He had got wind of them waiting for him at Henry’s and he knew all you had to do was wait for them to find him. Still confused, Nick asked how Mrs. Hirsch was able to shoot the man. She calmly explained that she wasn’t Mrs. Hirsch, she was Mrs. Bell who ran the house for her. Anderson had come to her asking to keep an eye out in case you saw anything suspicious. She explained that when she let him in the house, she noticed the men trying to be discreet but suspiciously standing out under the street lamp. She said that the knock on the door to Anderson was actually a knocking code they had agreed on in case something like this happened. Again, they told Nick he better get out before the cops come.
Nick, still a little fuzzy, headed back to Henry’s to share the details with George and Sam. Neither of them and could believe the story that Nick told.
I’m not even 100% sure how to respond to “the post man always rings twice.” I honestly did not like the story very much. There are many points where I would expect it to end, but it just kept going. Not only that, but I’m kind of confused by the relationships that were going on. I don’t understand why they had to kill the Greek, when they could have just left together. I am still kind of confused about what happened with the lawyers in the trials. I feel terrible for Frank at the end of the story because he ends up going to jail after having the woman he loves and his future child killed, and worse its his fault.
In no way did I see the ending coming. I expected the story to stop after they won the case. But I wasn’t surprised when Kennedy came back looking for money. That part made a lot of sense and made story very interesting. But in the end when they seemed happy and like everything was going to work out, it really surprised me that it ended so suddenly.
In trying to remember the door aspects of the story a lot of small details popped up for me. I known one section it references Cora smoking a cigar. In another part of the story Frank is gambling. Cora and Frank are both characters of the north ton; Cora is mysterious woman in a restaurant, and Frank is a man with a history of getting in trouble. I also picture the interrogation of Frank is a very nor the scene. The detective is questioning him and threatened him and scaring him to make Cora take the rap for the murder.
Overall, I think I’m still digesting the story as I only finished reading it today. I think it would be interesting story to continue discussions with and I look forward to talking to some of my friends in this class about it.