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Brighton Rock (Part 3, Chapter 2)

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Eric Moor

on 20 October 2012

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Part 3, Chapter 2 Brighton Rock Summary Dangerous Spicer is feeling paranoid about the murder of Hale, trying to reassure himself that he will not grass or get caught. He bumps into an ex-mob member, Crab, or tells him that he is now Colleoni’s right hand man. He tells Spicer that Pinkie is at the Police Station. This makes Spicer become afraid of being caught by the law. He gets back to Franks to see that no one was around. He catches himself in the mirror, feeling old with thoughts of excuses to leave the mob and move to a pub in Nottingham. The phone rings and he picks up. Rose is on the other end asking to speak to Pinkie about a woman that has been asking one too many questions about Hale and his death. Spicer has to disguise his voice because he was used as the alibi at Snows to help with the murder of Hale.The line breaks up once he received the information about the woman asking questions. He then leaves Franks and walks down to the level of the beach to clear his head, a cheap photographer snaps his picture and hands a piece of paper into his hand without him noticing. His photo will then go on display outside the photographers hut for the day. Loss of identity A loss of identity is also presented as a result of an involvement in the mobs throughout the chapter. This is shown firstly through the paranoiac thoughts of Spicer - 'he knew every plain-clothes man in the Brighton force'. The use of 'plain-clothes' to describe the look of mob members can present mob members as dull and uninteresting people. Making it clear that members must lose their sense of identity and their ability to stand out in order to not be caught by the law or to be spotted by enemies. This loss of identity is also presented through the alibi that Pinkie has forced upon Spicer. Rose is led to believe that Spicer is Hale and that he is dead, therefore Spicer has to avoid Rose at all costs all she will realise that Pinkie is a murderer and she can then inform the police. This loss of identity due to the alibi is shown through the phone call - 'Keeping his mouth away from the phone, curling his tounge in an odd way, mouthing hoarsely and crookedly, Spicer in disguise replied'. Words such as 'hoarsely' and 'crookedly' highlight how Spicer must conform to be who he does not choose to be in order to not be caught by the law and to serve Pinkies orders. Obsession The mob lifestyle is presented as a very obsessive lifestyle. This is shown firstly through the use of the new character : Crab. Crab represents an obsession to mob life. 'We ran you out once, Crab. I thought you'd stay out'. Crab then informs Spicer -'I'm Colleoni's right-hand man'. As we already understand the character Colleoni and his power and wealth from Part 2 Chapter 2, it is evident that mob members like Crab create an obsession to the power provided through the involvement of being in a mob, even after being 'run out' from the mob he still proceeds to associate with a different mob and their lifestyle. He boasts about being a peer to Colleoni - 'You'll be saying "sir" to me one of these days'. This shows how being in a mob is all about having power over the people you despise. This can also highlight the entrapment within the mob lifestyle. Main Theme -Mob Lifestyles The mob is also shown as something that you will be involved with for life, there is no escape from the mob lifestyle and that can worry members of the mob like Spicer. 'but the others would never let him: he knew too much about too many things'. This reflects that even just knowing about what the mob get up to can be dangerous. This contrasts with Spicer's previous words - 'he only knew'. The way his attitude changes from 'only' to 'too many' to describe how much he knew about the mobs actions shows his paranoia about leaving the mob. Not only showing a one way situation physical- Knowing full well that if he does run away they will be able to track him down and punish him, but also a mental entrapment as he can never decide what he should do. Subtle messages also present this feeling of entrapment within the mob lifestyle - 'but every road in Brighton ended at the front'. This line is key for understanding the Spicers emotions. With 'the front' representing death, he feels as though any action he takes will lead to a devastating result for him. This highlights the entrapment felt through the mob lifestyle. Danger within the mob lifestyle is shown through Spicers behaviour, showing madness to become a cause of the stress from being in a mob - 'He would rather kill himself than squeal, he told the empty landing in a whisper'. The way he is talking to the empty landing can present a sense of insanity developing due to his internal stress. This reflects the mental danger caused due to the mob lifestyle. He also describes the mob lifestyle as a game - 'I'm getting too old for this game'. This can create imagery of gambling, presenting the mob lifestyle as something that can be very risky and dangerous. This 'game' imagery can also hint that the mob members are taking part in something dangerous, yet they do not realise it due to the fun and childish connotations of 'games'. This chapter mainly presents the theme of mob lifestyle. Entrapment Reflecting the mob lifestyle as something that is: Obsessive Entrapping Dangerous Causes a loss of identity
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