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Greene's stories often have an ironic twist of events at the end. Discuss the effects by referring to any four short stories which rely on this technique.

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Greene's stories often have an ironic twist of events at the end. Discuss the effects by referring to any four short stories which rely on this technique. Greene's notion of life as a moral drama is reflected in his treatment of death and dying in the novels. His main characters usually meet sudden and violent ends, but their aftermaths or deaths are almost always accompanied by hints of hope. Through his treatment of his characters' deaths, he makes known the nature of that great gap he finds between the actuality of life in the world, with its disappointments and limitations, and the possibility of infinite life. Greene's characteristic methods of describing death emphasize its ambiguity. He intensifies the focus of his narrative on the person for whom death is imminent. For example, at end of the short story Brother we come across a setting of danger, damage and death, typical of Greene. The context of the story is Paris during WW1. A caf� proprietor is afraid when six communists enter his coffee shop asking for drinks. Two of them, a man and a young lady do not speak throughout the whole account but sit in a corner of the caf�. ...read more.

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He leads a miserable life carrying 'his body about like something he hated' and believing that 'the body shall rise again'. This belief is what scares him most, that he will have to carry his body for all eternity. Craven is obsessed with the disgust of his own body and 'sometimes he prayed at night that his body at any rate should never rise again.' The incidents that follow this initial reflective phrase, function to confirm Craven's fears. Tired and eager to get cover from the rain, he opts to buy tickets for a silent film in a theatre. The film does not particularly interest Craven and he again thinks of the waste of time. Eventually Craven finds himself engaged with a stranger who arrives and occupied the seat next to him. The man asks Craven what is happening in the film and Craven reports that the woman (Pompilia) had just committed suicide. The man hauls Craven into a bizarre exchange on murder and blood commenting that a murder individual would bleed more profusely than the film suggested. As the man talks Craven gets the sensation that his face is being lightly sprayed with damp breath. ...read more.

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In The Basement Room, there is a breakdown of the relationship between Mr. And Mrs. Baines as the story investigates the hatred of a husband and a wife towards each other. In The Innocent, Greene contrasts the untainted love of a child for another with his lust for sex as an adult towards Lola, a girl he picks from a bar. In The Blue Film, the themes are again marriage, love and lust. The issue is however, presented in a more challenging and provocative situation. The final stage of the work is the effect of the strange experience on the couple. Mrs. Carter, as expected, shows interest in wanting to know more. Mr. Carter, on the other hand, opts to be dismissive. The end of this account is rather tragic. Mrs. Carter is implacable in her desire and while she screams in what is supposed to suggest orgasmic passion and afterwards talks excitedly, ironically Mr. Carter feels he has betrayed that night. In some cases, the characters' own viewpoint is more pessimistic than that of the people who knew him. The question posed and left unanswered concerns the character's ability to love, and Greene's message is always the same: it is our human capacity to love which both leads us into sin and redeems us. Christian Saliba English Essay 1 ...read more.

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