RARA-AVIS: Re: Definition of hardboiled

Roger Dowdy (rdowdy@sprintmail.com)
Fri, 19 Feb 1999 16:36:29 -0800 Okay, I'll throw in my two cents with regard to this topic (well not
exactly two cents, more like three points). First, while hardboiled is
all that has already been discussed it is also very much the search for
justice in an amoral, unjust society. Granted the idea of justice varies
considerable and may frequently boarder on revenge but regardless the
general premise is the mission of setting right a wrong. Second is the
means by which said justice is achieved. A common theme, of course, is
the circumvention of the "justice system" and/or engaging in equally
amoral/illegal activities to achieve such ends. Thirdly, the activities
undertaken to achieve justice are frequently at the physical and/or
psychological expense of the protagonist. I realize this is all probably
Hardboiled 101 but I didn't recall it being mentioned previously.

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