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What is "A Shocking Accident" by Graham Greene about?

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cibarra | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 14, 2009 at 5:36 AM via web

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What is "A Shocking Accident" by Graham Greene about?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 15, 2009 at 11:28 AM (Answer #1)

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Greene's story, "A Shocking Accident" is about the tragedy of Jerome's father being killed by a falling pig.  Before you think that the pigs in this story can fly, let me clarify that people in the city where Jerome's family lives keep their pigs in their homes, and the pig in question apparently fell from a balcony on to the unsuspecting man, thus taking his life.  Jerome spends most of his life angry because the first reaction to this story--which should be, in his opinion, one of remorse and sadness since it is the story of his father's death--is laughter.  Most peoplre react to the story as if it were some humorous joke, yet it is a tragic event in Jerome's life.  Sally is the first person who reacts with the proper sadness and mourning Jerome has always felt the story requires, and so he falls immediately in love with her. 

The story is in a sense a coming of age story for Jerome.  He is a completely different character when the story folds than when it began.

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