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Noir or not?

When asked what I thought Noir was, my first thought was that it was my first thought, was just dark detective stories from the 40’s but I see now that that isn’t quite it. I read “The Postman Always Rings Twice”, “The Killers” and ” the Shadow” all of these talked about murder and vendettas. All of the stories were interesting but none of them had characters that you would really have much sympathy for.
Cora, in “The Postman Always Rings Twice” is a gold digger who married a very naive Greek man and Frank was a drifter that used people and preyed on their innocence. I was sad to see that by the end of the story he had finally realized how much he loved Cora, but that was the only part of it that made me sad.
In “The Killers” you didn’t really get a good grasp of the characters. The reader does start to wonder what Ole Andreson had done to make him a target for killers, but this answer is never given. You pity him for the position he is in but you also wonder if he has done something to deserve his fate.
The “Shadow” is very dramatic and dark, and you can feel the suspense in the room. You want Dr Evans to be ok, because he helps kids and this makes him a very sympathetic character.
After reading the three of these I still think that “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is a Noir story, not quite as dark and suspenseful, but it has a lot of the same elements that I read in the three stories.

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