The Gutting of Couffignal Analysis

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The Gutting of Couffignal is a crime story written by Dashiell Hammet. It is about the robbing and stealing of bank, Jewelry stores and wedding presents on the island of Couffignal. Couffignal is a small island connected by a wooden bridge to the mainland. The main street contains bank, hotels, jewelry stores and other usual stores. The higher part of the road lives the owners and rulers of the island. One of the rulers, The Henderixson family is having a wedding and they hired a detective to guard the valuable wedding presents. However, the criminals used various strategies to steal the presents, but they did not succeed at the end. Consider the opening of the story, the story begins with a very detailed description of Couffignal …show more content…

They will start to think who has the highest possibility to be the criminal, and this will make the reading much more fun. In this paragraph, the characters’ nationality are also introduced, and this is very important since the criminals in this story are not Americans, they are from another country, so it is important to let the readers know the nationality of each character. Consider the characteristics of the detective, it is obvious that he is a very experienced detective. First of all, he said that he does not like weddings and this shows that he had done them before. He also said that theoretically detective is supposed to make himself indistinguishable, but it never works, and it will not make much difference if he does not hide himself. So this shows that he knows how things should work out the best. He also knows the common tricks people use to steal things and he has successfully prevented them to happen when some sneaky people tried to steal the gifts. This detective is also a very vigilant and smart person. While all the visitors left the house, he still choose to stay with the presents, and he will catch everything abnormal happening around him. When he is watching the presents, the light suddenly turned off, he immediately got rid of the glowing end of the cigarette because he wants to hide himself so nobody can see him in the dark. He reacts very quickly and calmly, he is a very intelligent person. Consider the crime, it is done by a group of