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Brighton rock - In Part 7 Chapter 9, How Effectively Does Graham Greene Present this Episode to us and Do Your Feelings for Pinkie Change At All?

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BRIGHTON ROCK In Part 7 Chapter 9, How Effectively Does Graham Greene Present this Episode to us and Do Your Feelings for Pinkie Change At All? I think that Graham Greene presents this episode very effectively. At the beginning of this chapter there is the planning and thoughts of the suicide arranged to take place that evening. As Rose and Pinkie leave the pub it hits Pinkie what is just about to happen. "He had a sudden inclination to throw up the whole thing, to get in the car and drive home, and let her live." I think this makes it more effective, and this gives the impression that maybe Pinkie has come to his senses and is going to let Rose live, and makes it seem more real. In this part of the novel I feel sympathy for Pinkie as he is confused and is not really sure what he should do. He wants to live his life free of Rose, but thinks that the only way for him to do this and not be in danger is to persuade her to kill herself. ...read more.

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He is making it seem like it is nothing out of the ordinary, and trying to make it pass as quickly as possible. Then Rose has further doubts and confusions of what to do. "She took the gun; it was like treachery. What will he do, she thought, if I don't . . . shoot. Would he shoot himself alone, without her?" This builds up anxiety and tension, and sets the scene, in a very effective way. The doubts of Rose build up suspense or what she will do. "He said, 'We don't want to wait any longer. Do you want me to do it first?' 'No,' she said, 'no.'" Here Pinkie is making Rose feel guilty, hoping that she will then shoot herself, believing he will do the same. In this part I feel angry towards Pinkie that he is really going to let Rose kill herself. In earlier parts of the novel, I felt quite a lot of sympathy towards Pinkie but that is forgotten, as he is being so cruel to Rose. ...read more.

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I think that passage is very effective, the confusion of what is happening and describing Pinkie as a schoolboy. It makes it unclear what is really happening, just as Rose is feeling, but then you realise what has happened, and it comes as more of a shock. Pinkie is only a young boy, and it gives a more vivid image, describing him as a panicking schoolboy. Again I feel sympathy for Pinkie as we are told earlier on in the novel, one of Pinkie's biggest fears is to drown, and this is what happened to him. The last words of Pinkies death were "whipped away into zero - nothing." I think this is very effective as it describes Pinkies current situation, bluntly. He is there no more, and is not even a person anymore - he is nothing. He has been "whipped away into zero" and will not return. I feel sorry for Rose, and irate towards Pinkie as the story then finishes, with Rose realising that Pinkie never really loved her, and reflecting back on this situation must be terrible for Rose. Pinkie just wanted to get rid of her, with everyone else thinking he was innocent. ...read more.

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