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The theme of 'Good and Evil' in the novel Brighton Rock

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Lorina Varga

on 21 January 2013

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Transcript of The theme of 'Good and Evil' in the novel Brighton Rock

The theme of 'Good and Evil' in Brighton Rock. How far do Pinkie and Ida represent the recurrent battle of Good and Evil? Graham Greene. Greene's background... -Born in 1904.
-The fourth of six children.
-Shy and sensitive child.
-Recurring theme of treachery & betrayal- stem from his troubled childhood.
-several suicide attempts,
-He was sent to a therapist in London- 15 yrs old.
-His annalyst encouraged him to write and introduced him to literary friends.
-Greene travelled a lot. Brighton Rock- the novel. -Considered one of Greene's "catholic" novels.
-Written after his conversion to Catholicism.
-Signs and symbols of catholicism find their way through every character.

- started as a detective story.
- turned into a good vs evil story.

Evil= Pinkie Brown

Good= Ida Arnold Good vs Evil. -The two opposing characters in the 'Good versus Evil' struggle are Pinkie and Ida.

"Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him."

-opening line of Brighton Rock. . Pinkie- the role of 'Hell'/Evil. Hell is all around him, it has become a part of his life. He believes it awaits him after death.

"Heaven was a word: hell was something he could trust".

"Of course there's Hell. Flames and damnation."

"Hell - it's just there. You don't need to think of it - not before you die"

Pinkie accepts the roman catholic teaching of heaven and hell, but in a rather perverted way. There may be a heaven, but Pinkie cannot form any sort of idea of it.

-visual representation of hell. Ida- role of 'Heaven'/Good. -Not a church-goer, not religious.
-Doesn't believe in heaven and hell. Only in ghosts, ouija boards....
- loves life and embraces it fully.

"I know one thing you don't. I know the difference between Right and Wrong.
They didn't teach you that at school.": Ida to Rose. Ida and Pinkie- differences. -Extreme opposites in other ways, too.
-Pinkie is a young, 17 yr old boy, thin and introverted.
Ida is in her late 30s/early 40s, big busted, proud of her big body and confident.
Ida doesn't give up. Rose A good catholic who -
attends mass-
says her daily prayers-
hopes for heaven.

Link between the two characters
-a onnection between good and evil. Purpose? Good cannot exist without evil- we are presented with a combination of both through out the whole novel. Conclusion. Good vs Evil is an extremely big theme in Brighton Rock. Greene uses the two main characters Pinkie and Ida to show this.
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