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The Power and the Glory- An Un-Holy Priest There is much uncertainty as to why Graham Green chose to have the priest in his novel The Power and the Glory live such an appalling life Normally one thinks of a priest as the holiest being among all people on earth This common belief however is challenged in this novel when the priest takes part in numerous activities that are not priest-like committing adultery alcoholism In Christianity you learn that priesthood is one of the closest things to purity and Godliness that exists in the world Priests dont engage in sexual relationships and they certainly dont do anything that is against the law In The Power and the Glory however the priest lovingly known as the whisky priest does the opposite First he is an alcoholic In this time alcohol is an illegal substance yet the priest still illicitly consumes it It seems that in almost every situation the priest is involved with throughout the book he drinks From the very beginning when he first meets Mr Tench I have a little brandy Greene 11 all the way through the end when he is arrested and killed for possessing alcohol Another matter that confuses me about the priest is his relationship with Maria Brigitta is the child of the priest who is illegitimately born of Maria The priest wants badly to love the child but he cant show it He is caught between his child and the sin he has committed I love you I am your father and I love you Try to understand that Greene 82 Throughout the book I tried to think of the priest as a good man because most priests are The contradiction of his behavior and his beliefs however seems like Greene was trying to make his readers think otherwise Throughout the book there are scenes that evoke certain feelings in the reader Although there are many
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