What does Marlowe think about the life of a private eye? Why does he stay in this business?
Begin this discussion by asking students how great the life of a private detective seems to be. Consider what Marlowe's life looks like: he drinks excessively, is forced to deal with frustrating and dishonest people, and everyone seems to be against him. Look at chapter 21 to see how unglamorous the life of a detective can really be. Ask students what Marlowe says that explains his motivation for staying in business, namely that he enjoys hearing other people's stories.
Consider what this implies about him. Is he interested in hearing other people's stories because he himself...
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