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Graham Greene

"A Tragic Accident" is a humorous story about a tragic incident. It is told from the point of view of a boy named Jerome who grows into adulthood and gets married by the time the story ends. Jerome...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2015 1:45 pm UTC

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Graham Greene's "The End of the Party" is a psychological horror story. It has many elements of the Gothic: the genre of literature that explores the darker, hidden, and frightening sides of life...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2018 1:17 pm UTC

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I would argue that this title is appropriate because the whole story centers around the strategy that the defense has for getting away with the crime. At first, the story is pretty straight...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2010 10:24 pm UTC

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"The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen" is told from a first-person limited point of view. That is, there is a speaker, an "I," from whose perspective the story is being observed. It is limited because...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2019 12:48 am UTC

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The pig could be said to symbolize the fundamental absurdity of death. Whichever way we eventually depart from this world, whether it's gently in our sleep one night, or overcome by toxic plumes of...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2018 6:35 am UTC

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The phrase most often associated with Graham Greene’s writing is “moral ambiguity.” A prolific and successful writer, especially in novels and film, Greene delved into issues of conscience for a...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2018 9:41 pm UTC

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In this story, the case of the murder seems to be open and shut. This means that it is really obvious that the accused is guilty and it will be easy to convict him. There are two main reasons why...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 10:56 pm UTC

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I think that you certainly can argue that what happens to one of the Adams after the trial is a case of divine vengeance. There are two main reasons why I would say this. First, this is a case...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2010 10:16 pm UTC

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He was stationed in a foreign country where people customarily raised pigs on their balconies. Evidently the pig got to fat and crashed through the flooring and fell on the boy's father. Everybody...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2012 6:42 am UTC

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British author Graham Greene (1904-1991) spent much of his career writing about the standard of ethical behavior in contemporary politics. He considered himself a socialist and humanist. He...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2020 7:31 pm UTC

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A round character is one who is complex, one who we might have to write several pages about in order to adequately address the nuances of his characterization. Jerome is a round character. He is a...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2018 1:38 pm UTC

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In this story the visible conflicts are those between the young woman and young man whose conversation the narrator overhears, and between the narrator's point of view and that of the woman. The...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019 4:06 pm UTC

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The protagonist in Graham Greene's story is Trevor, or "T" as the boys in the gang call him. Yet, he is the protagonist in an ironic way since he is also the antagonistic force against the house....

Latest answer posted October 11, 2013 5:58 pm UTC

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One possible theme of the story is the inadequacy of merely human justice. Despite a lengthy trial, and despite the killing of one of the twins, justice has still not been served. Neither a formal...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2018 7:41 am UTC

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You can see divine vengeance going on in this story because of what happens to the Adams twins at the end. The early parts of this story show us that one of the Adams twins is clearly guilty of...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2010 10:37 pm UTC

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Our Man in Havana, a satirical send-up of spy novels, is primarily concerned with loyalty and hypocrisy. Cold War intrigue is the central theme that holds the novel together, as a British man...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 6:12 am UTC

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There are several cultural and other clues about the time in which this story is set. Most tellingly, the young woman in the story seems content to make her own way in life and to pay the way for...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2018 10:26 pm UTC

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I think that what Greene is referring to here is the impact that mistakes would have on the prestige and honor of the court system. The phrase that you mention is given right at the start of the...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2010 11:24 pm UTC

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The reason for this is that Mrs. Salmon should be afraid of what might happen to her. She is going to fear that the surviving Adams will come and kill her out of revenge. We are told earlier in...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2011 2:31 am UTC

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Although this is said in the context of a trial and has the word "plead" in it, it is not a technical legal term. You cannot tell the judge "I plead mistaken identity" instead of pleading guilty....

Latest answer posted September 29, 2010 10:05 pm UTC

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A crime has been committed -- Mrs. Parker has been killed. The case appears to be open and shut. Adams is clearly guilty. He is very distinctive looking and there are three witnesses who have all...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2010 10:28 pm UTC

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The title refers to the name of the Nazi spy ring that the protagonist Arthur Rowe helps to expose. Green's novel is set during the Second World War in the days of the blitz and the title gives a...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2010 1:19 am UTC

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There are a couple of reasons why Mrs. Salmon was so sure that the man she had seen was the accused man, Adams. She does not claim that she has great eyesight, so that is not why she was so sure....

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 10:52 pm UTC

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Of the witnesses, I suppose that I think Mrs. Salmon's evidence will be most convincing, followed by that of Mr. Wheeler. The reason for this is that their evidence is more likely to show that...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 11:19 pm UTC

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In The Comedians by Graham Greene, Greene allows the reader to draw his or her own conclusions about the depth of the characters and how they relate to one another. Deconstructive criticism...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2014 9:38 am UTC

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The phrase "fatal instinct" is found in the third paragraph of the short story "The Case for the Defence". The story opens as the first-person narrator tells about a murder trial which they...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2011 2:10 am UTC

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British author Graham Greene (1904–1991), a major figure in twentieth-century literature, was a prolific writer whose work is known for the Roman Catholic religious themes he often weaves into the...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019 9:15 pm UTC

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In "The Case for the Defence," the author says that Mrs. Salmon is the ideal witness. She is testifying in the murder case against Adams. There are a few reasons why she is an ideal witness....

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 10:47 pm UTC

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In my opinion, Greene does not advocate against capital punishment in this story. In fact, I do not think that this really has much to do with capital punishment. I suppose you could argue that...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2010 12:15 am UTC

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In the book and movie, The Third Man by Graham Greene, Vienna is the setting for both. Vienna is depicted as it has not been before; this time the dark side of Vienna is clearly visible. The...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2013 4:23 pm UTC

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Colonel Calloway is the narrator of The Third Man. He is a former Scotland Yard detective who was made a colonel in the British army. Right away, the reader knows he is a rational man, as he says...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018 3:11 pm UTC

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The term circumstantial evidence refers to evidence that does not directly prove that a defendant has committed a crime. In this case, it would be evidence that suggests that Adams committed the...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 11:07 pm UTC

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Rollo Martins Rollo is the protagonist of the story. He is idealistic, amiable, and unwary. At the beginning of the novel, Colonel Calloway (the narrator) tells us that Rollo "believed in...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2018 3:47 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2013 3:10 pm UTC

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A "tarred side" would refer to the side of a ship. Many times, ships were tarred to insure that they would not leak. A "grey slap of water" simply refers to the water hitting against the side of...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2011 11:02 am UTC

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