In Chandlers novels Marlow is a victim of his times. Remember these were written in the post WWI pre-WWII times in which America was an isolation self-centered mode and people were looking at life that way so their heros( or antiheros) were structered in that manner. Marlow wasn't alone in his approach to crime(Hammet).
Chandler was asking people to look at their lives and how they are facing the problems of the world at the time he was writing.
P. Marlowe was both a Knight and an Existential Hero, which almost seems like an oxymoron in a way.
Romanticism as a literary form was dying out and Chandler, Hammett, Fitzgerald, Hemingway and others had started writing in an entirely different genre. Most heroes in American literature after the 1940s were what we now call anti-heroes.
However, Marlowe and Spade, unlike many of Fitzgerald's and Hemingway's heroes, didn't succumb to love and therefore survived. Since there is only one book about Sam Spade, we must surmise that he was, like Marlowe, a lone rider.
Hello, i'm studying Raymond Chandlers the big sleep. My exam is soon and i havent many notes. I was wondering if anyone has any analysis or anything or any more helpful comments on this book if you could send them me.