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Sarah Pike Does Greene raise his characters from mere functions in a detective novel to characters whose motivations are believable Use two characters to illustrate your argument Brighton Rock by Graham Greene is a book based in 1930s underworld Brighton The novel is based on the tale of Pinky a teenage gangster and his conflict against an amateur detective Ida who is intent on bringing Pinky to justice In many ways Brighton Rock can be classed as a detective novel as it contains certain elements of this particular style of writing Features characteristically used in such novels include thriller elements violence and rapidly paced action all of which are present in Brighton Rock In a detective novel the crime which is committed is apparently perfect The murder of Hale in the book is so cleverly done that the police put it down as an accidental death There is also usually an amateur detective in this case Ida and the detectives side-kick Phil Corkery To conclude the story the characters come together in a denoument another typical feature of a detective novel In this way Brighton Rock can be classified as a detective piece of writing In the book however are the characters created so that they become believable individuals in their own right or do they simply remain as stereotypical functions merely existing for the sole purpose of taking part in a plot Pinky the central character in the book is a seventeen year old gangster who is in charge of his own mob and frequently carries out violent and cruel criminal acts He is an intelligent young man but is mentally quite nave and child-like in his attitude towards love and sex We the reader first meet Pinky in the very first chapter of the book although we do not find out his name until the second chapter The first mention of Pinky is a physical description of the boy He had a
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