DISCUSS THE CONFLICT BETWEEN SENTIMENTS AND PRINCIPLES,AS FACED BY THE PROTAGONISTS,IN "THE THIRD MAN"
In The Third Man by Graham Greene, the conflict Greene presents with his characters illustrate both sentiments and principles. If you look at the two protagonists as Rollo Martins and the friend he worships as a hero, Harry Limes, Rollo is the sentimentalist and a man with principles while Harry is a despicable murderer and racketeer. Rollo loves his friend or his ideal of his friend Harry, and stays in Vienna to prove the British Colonel Calloway wrong when Calloway tells him that Harry is evil. The story is told in first person point of view by Colonel Calloway which makes the conflict over principles even clearer as the story is told so personally. Harry has some sentiment for his girlfriend, Anna, as well as Rollo whom he tries to persuade to follow his racket, but none for the children he has killed with his scheme of diluted penicillin. Because Rollo has both sentiments for his friend Harry, the girlfriend Anna, and the children, it is Rollo who must hunt down Harry in the chase through the sewers of Vienna and kill Harry to satisfy the principles of justice and end Harry's betrayal of all that Rollo believes. Rollo must be the destroyer of evil and restore his sense of justice in the world. The principle of good versus evil with good winning out restores the reader's sense of principles being the most important part of a man's beliefs about the world.