McLaughlin Museum of Art

The theme that I chose to focus on was the corruption that is present in both Red Harvest and The Death and Life of Great American Cities because of the prevalent role it plays in both books. In Red Harvest the Op is hired to control the crime and corruption in the city of Personville. Likewise Jane Jacobs talks about the ways to structure a city so that no corruption occurs. Corruption is present in society today as well so I thought it was a good theme to further investigate. I feel as though these pictures do a good job of representing the theme of corruption like I hoped to.

The city of Personville needed a hero to save their city from the corruption present there. This image depicts what The Op was supposed to do in the mind of Elihu Willsson (Hammett, 43).
The mob was controlling what people did with their money. This is what the Continental Op was hired to stop (Hammett, 43).
The Op was hired to keep the streets clean so that children, like in this image, could play on sidewalks without any fear. This helps children assimilate into society (Jacobs, 82-84).
More children out on the street would lead to more eyes from adults on the streets. This allows the streets to stay safe (Jacobs, 34-37).
One way for the Op to try to clean up the city was to build a neighborhood park. However, to be successful the park would need many different activities to participate in, as depicted in the image (Jacobs, 89-92).
The problem for the Op was that it was not just one person that was corrupt. Almost everyone was corrupt, including police officers (Hammett, 146) like those shown in this image.
This is what Personville will look like a few days after the Op is gone.
If Personville was constructed the way Jacobs proposes cities to be set up as, this is the beautiful result that could occur.
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