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Discuss, in detail, how Graham Greene leads up to Pinkie’s death and say what reaction you had to his last moments of life.

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Pippa Manby LVc Brighton Rock, by Graham Greene Discuss, in detail, how Graham Greene leads up to Pinkie's death and say what reaction you had to his last moments of life. The plans carefully laid by Pinkie begin the lead up to the drama of the end of the novel. These plans, which are misleading in that they suggest that Rose will die, start as early as the morning after the consummation of the marriage when Pinkie retains the note Rose has written. "An obscure sense" tells him to keep this note which swears Rose's undying love to him; thus begins the reader's unease over Rose's safety. Later on Pinkie lays more plans in the prelude to what should be Rose's suicide. As Rose and Pinkie depart from the tea-room where they have been having a drink Pinkie leaves clues as to his intentions, "the message at the shooting-range, at the car park: he wanted to be followed in good time". As he lays the clues behind him, thoughts go through his head as to what the consequences of these actions will be in the witness box at the inquest into Rose's suicide: "something had agitated him, the witness said". ...read more.


Pinkie "felt the prowling presence of pity" and Dallow "hadn't the imagination to see what they'd find". The reader is subjected to similar emotions as those which the characters experience. The pace is kept slow until the very end, with many pages leading up to what should be Rose's death. The episode in the bar involving the two men, "hearty and damp in camel-hair coats", is a break in the drama where the reader can momentarily relax. These men provide a flash of normality in this intense part of the book where every other character is frenzied with emotion. These upper class men and their "arrogant looks" at Rose offer Greene an opportunity to show Pinkie's feelings for her. His possessiveness becomes obvious and also, oddly, his tenderness towards Rose; he becomes angry and thinks, "What the hell right had they to swagger and laugh". These emotions build up the suspense and the reader wonders whether Pinkie actually will "force" Rose to take her own life. ...read more.


A few different factors enhance the drama at the end of the novel. The use of direct speech, " 'Stop him,' Dallow cried", quickens the pace. Graham Greene uses physical actions, such as the breaking of the glass, to increase the excitement. The confusion in the novel, "glass - somewhere - broke," demonstrates how chaotic this short scene is for all characters involved. The burning of Pinkie's face by the vitriol is ironic in that it is his own evil contraption for causing pain that causes him to plunge over the cliff. Similarly poignant is Pinkie meeting his death in the way he had pictured Rose doing on their previous visit to Peacehaven: "the Boy could see over her shoulder the rough drop to the shingle". After being burned by the vitriol Pinkie undergoes a change. He "shrank into a schoolboy" and Rose sees his face "like a child's, badgered, confused, betrayed". These changes have a cathartic effect on Pinkie and as "the fake years slipped away" they remove the sins that he has committed. For this reason I believe that "between the stirrup and the ground" Pinkie receives forgiveness from God and does not burn in hell. ...read more.

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