Re: RARA-AVIS: Re:the blond satan

From: William Denton (
Date: 12 Sep 2004

On 11 September 2004, Frederick Zackel wrote:

: Imagine Sam Spade as Gandalf the White Wizard from The Rings. Sam Spade
: as the Good Warlock makes mythopoetic sense -- if the Falcon itself is
: the Ring. Like the Ring, how each person "touches" the Falcon describes
: their character & their fate.

Can we apply Joseph Campbell's monomyth, as described in THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES, to THE MALTESE FALCON? Or some part of it? Brigid, Gutman, and Cairo are on a quest, but a demented greedy one. Spade's on a different quest--I suppose all detectives are in each case they have.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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