Sexual Tension, Racial Tension and Broken Dreams
How Walter Mosley’s novel `Devil in a Blue Dress` portrays the Los Angeles of the 1940s as a racially tense and violent city of broken and degraded dreams.
`Walter Mosley’s novel Devil in a Blue Dress portrays the Los Angeles of the 1940s as a racially tense and violent city of broken and degraded dreams. Easy Rawlins, the novel’s protagonist, does not seem able to achieve his dreams strictly on his own terms. He is forced to compromise his dreams just to stay alive in the violent criminal subculture of the glitzy city. He manages to hold onto his dream of being a homeowner, but he must sell out his morals to do it. Mouse, his friend and partner, does not have the same moral dilemmas that Easy encounters. He cares about nothing other than money, and is able to escape Los Angeles with his dream (which consists only of getting a bit of cash) intact.`