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11 In Greenes Brighton Rock is Pinkie a realistic character corrupted by his environment or is he a living symbol of what all men can be like if they allow themselves to be carried always by their impulses If history truly is a river that by flowing repeats itself then an exciting turn of the tide is bound to change literature in the following years Looking back from the dawn of the twenty-first century to a hundred years ago the rise of modernism towers like a giant over the horizon of art As writers wanted to explore different themes or classic themes with a new approach the novel broke from its traditional purpose as entertainment and emerged as an artistic expressive vehicle of thought For instance Graham Greene - hailed much to his own displeasure as a Catholic writer - treated the themes of evil in relation with the church like no other had done before In Brighton Rock Greene uses a particular setting coupled with characters that are both realistic and symbolic to protest against the religious dogmas of Catholic religion Many readers upon reading Brighton Rock note the strong rhythm and pacing of the action which is Graham Greenes trademark and cinematic influence and the rapidity at which we can understand the world the author is laying before us some observe with enough textual evidence and logical consequences to back their thoughts that Brighton is an allegory for the whole world Yet the settings main quality that stands out is its two-sided face opposing the lively sunny vacation resort filled with candies and public games to the dark unseen world of gangs at night in the shadow of murders and razor blades As such the setting put forth by Graham Greene could be representative of anything that hides under a cover of good and light a dark and evil side This allegory can then take on multiple meanings the
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