RARA-AVIS: The moral implication of killing

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 23 Oct 2007

Mario wrote:

Yes, let's get back to crime fiction and leave topics like the death penalty to other forums or to private discussions. This is a specialized list and its declared and only purpose is to discuss hardboiled and noir literature.

*************** The moral implication of killing is integral to the hardboiled genre. Declaring it off-limits is parallel to ruling out the topic of slavery in Huckleberry Finn, imperialism in Heart of Darkness, or Christianity in The Power and the Glory. Religious and political issues are common in literature. Denying a discussion of these issues is like lobotomized peace that the protagonist enjoys at the end of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Literature raises these questions. They should be open to discussion.


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