Symbolism In Graham Greene's Novel 'The Power And The Glory'

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The Power and the Symbolism, of Literature From the floating daggers appearing before Macbeth’s eyes to Piggy’s broken conch on the desolate island, great authors have used symbols in their literature in order to convey a larger theme about the book and about life itself. An author who perfectly does this is Graham Greene in his book, The Power and the Glory; a thrilling novel which tells the story of a priest who is trying to escape a corrupted state in Mexico. In addition to battling alcoholism and having to face his wife and child, the priest must also watch out for a lieutenant who is trying to imprison him. During the priest’s exciting journey and encounters, several subtle symbols, that have to do with books or other forms of literature, are laid out before him. Greene uses the literature and letters displayed in his novel in order to help shed light on the idea that all the characters in …show more content…
Whether it is old Mr. Tench or the young girls listening to the book, they all use literary devices as a way to escape the corrupted world. The world is clearly corrupt because it takes away the Memories of Mr. Tench and the innocence from the young boy. The setting truly does dehumanize the characters in this book. Most of the people in the book are inclined to virtuous acts, but they often stray way from them because the characterized setting persuades them to do otherwise. The setting, much like the devil, brings temptation upon the characters in the novel and “this temptation is real and it manifests itself in moral and ethical dilemmas” (Quar). The characters in the novel are constantly being tempted by the setting. Some conform to the society and others attempt to fight it. The only thing that they can do is resist the urge to conform to the power and rather, strive for

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