RE: RARA-AVIS: Re: Those were the days

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 10 Sep 2000

Chris wrote:

"Except that unlike in a classic western, the society is never changed for the better - in that sense the murder means nothing at all."

Society may be changed for the better in the classic western, but it leaves the loner hero on the outside, unable to fit into that better society. The dynamic is slightly different, nearly opposite, in the classic PI story -- they aren't about making a better society (that's a lost cause), they're about retaining honor within a corrupt society. The murder is simply a periodic eruption of that corrupt society against which the hero tests his personal code of conduct.


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