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How does this book relate to the theme "in order to suceed one also must lose?"How can...

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alemana | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM via web

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How does this book relate to the theme "in order to suceed one also must lose?"

How can this book relate to this theme about American society?

i was thinking maybe something that Brigid lost, like her pride, in order to gain the falcon?

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 17, 2012 at 7:58 AM (Answer #1)

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I would be inclined to restate the theme as: In order to succeed one must take risks. Or: Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Sam Spade is the only character who succeeds, and he takes lots of risks. He must enjoy risk-taking, since he is having an affair with the wife of his own partner. He risks getting shots when he takes Joel Cairo's gun away. He risks getting shot by Wilmer. He risks getting arrested, and he even risks getting convicted of the murder of either Miles Archer or Floyd Thursby. When he tells Brigid the story about Flitcraft, he suggests that life itself is a continual risk. You never know from one day to the next what might happen to you. This is illustrated by the entire novel. A pretty woman comes to Spade's office for help, and all of a sudden he is up to his neck in troubles.

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