This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

A Review Of Graham Greene's The Comedians

1261 words - 5 pages

The ComediansByGraham GreeneComedian: a writer of comedies, an actor who plays comic roles, a comic individual?The irony in naming a book based on the ugliest dictatorship in Haitian history The Comedians is typical of the author. From what I have read about him this irony and his almost prophetic ability to see future events is a trademark. The characters pre-occupation with an American invasion did in fact come to pass. He did this previously in a book I have not yet read "The Quiet American" in which it is said he predicted our involvement in Vietnam.The matter of factness with which the brutality is portrayed makes it clear just how callous the Tontons Macoute were, and how hard life must have been for the ordinary Haitian under Papa Doc. Mr. Greene was a well traveled man whom I am sure was relating these horrible facts of life from firsthand experience. There is also a comic trait to the Tontons Macoute, they wear their sunglasses at all times, even at night.Our main characters, Mr. Brown a man without country that has come to inherit a second rate hotel from his missing mother; Mr. Jones, a Britisher on the run from past misdeeds living on his wits, and the Smiths' a couple of evangelical vegetarians with a frustrating yet endearing inability to see anything but good intent in everyone.They are linked at many levels by essentially the same thing, they are all rootless, they all failed in the attempt to accomplish something of major importance to them before they meet, and they are all somehow disconnected from reality. The Smiths' with there Vegetarian center, Mr. Brown with his self-centeredness and self destructive affairs, and Mr. Jones' insistence on trying to make a quick buck by conning Papa Doc and the Tontons Macoute rather than do anything safer.There is a dreamlike quality to the characters.Mr. Brown, never did articulate anything particular he was striving for. He was often daydreaming about his mothers' unknown past, half resenting her abandonment of him at a Jessuit school. Or wondering about what his paternity was and if his name was in fact Brown. And most often he thought about his lover, whom he did not love but regarded her jealously just the same, resenting every moment she spent with her husband, child, and Jones.Mr. & Mrs. Smith appear to be normal average Americans. It turns out that He was a fringe presidential candidate that got 10,000 votes. Something she never missed an opportunity to bring up. And Mr. Brown used this fact more than once himself. There is also vague referencing to the Incident in Nashville(?) another thing Mrs. Smith mentions as often as possible. Apparently her metal was tested by the police there as she was participating in a rally to support "coloured people", and this serves as comparison for every other obstacle they face as a couple. "Not as bad as Nashville"etc.. there by minimizing the present problem.Then there is Mr. Jones. He claims a military rank at the very beginning introducing...

Find Another Essay On A Review of Graham Greene's The Comedians

Thomas Hardy's The Son's Veto, Graham Greene's The Basement Room and alan Sillitoe's Uncle Ernest

1354 words - 5 pages Thomas Hardy's The Son's Veto, Graham Greene's The Basement Room and alan Sillitoe's Uncle Ernest In each of the three stories, 'The Son's Veto' by Thomas Hardy, 'The Basement Room' by Graham Green and 'Uncle Ernest' by Alan Silitoe, the respective writer conveys a sense of isolation regarding the central character. There are numerous similarities between the characters based on their common plight, but each story differs in the

The Truth Behind Comedy: An Analysis of Comedians and Humor

2511 words - 11 pages “Every joke has a kernel of truth.” A common saying such as this has numbed us to the reality of what jokes really are. Many comedians allow their outrageously dark thoughts to dictate their routines. Audiences listen waiting to hear ridiculous puns and jokes completely unaware of the twisted messages behind most punch lines. By analyzing comedians Jim Gaffigan, Dane Cook, Maz Jobrani, and Aries Spears through the frame of reference given by

An internet article review - Winning the Cost War by Scott H. Graham is to emphasize the importance of cost management

807 words - 3 pages move forward or not. In order to combat this trend, the Graham recommends that organizations review their departmental budgets quarterly and plug in the actual monies used. Since all expenditures are not spent equally throughout the year, it is also recommended that some items be averaged so as to reflect how the budget will look by fiscal year's end. In making these calculations, data from all areas of the organization are used (95 services in the

The influence Of Alexander Graham Bell

829 words - 4 pages Alexander Graham Bell the son of Alexander Melville Bell, and Eliza Grace was born on march 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Alexander was born with two brothers Edward Charles Bell and Melville James Bell. Both Edward and Melville died from tuberculosis. As a child Alexander was home schooled by his father. He enrolled at Royal High School. At age 15 he completed his courses and left RHS. After leaving the school he went to live with his

Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor of the Telephone

834 words - 4 pages Alexander Graham Bell was a notable scientist and engineer that changed the world with his invention of the telephone. Without the telephone, everyone would not have a reliable communication device. Alexander Graham Bell is considered one of the most influential people in human history. Early Life ~ Alexander Graham Bell was born on March 3rd, 1847 at his family home, 16 South Charlotte Street, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was born to Professor

Greene's Exploration of the Paradox ofThe Sinner is Often the Saint

2644 words - 11 pages Louise Scobie: "The Church knows all the rules but it doesn't know what goes on in a single human heart." BIBLIOGRAPHY --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 George Orwell - "The Sanctified Sinner" 2 P. O'Prey - "A Reader's Guide to Graham Greene" 3 William Du Bous - "The Heart of the Matter" Book Review (1948) - 4 Graham Greene - "A Sort of Life"

"A day in the life of a male prostitute". An analyse of the short story Jubilee by Graham Greene

2580 words - 10 pages A Day in the Life of a Male ProstituteAn analyse and summary of the novela JubileeIntroduction:I will start my analyse, by making a small summary of the story. Then I will discuss the narrator, and what impact it has on the story, the characters, and their relation, and finally the theme; what is the writer trying to say with this story?The novel, Jubilee, is written by Graham Greene in 1936.The story's main character is Mr. Chalfont. Mr

Graham Greene: The Destructors, A Shocking Accident, and The Blue Film. This is a biographical essay on Graham Greene, which critiques as well as explains three of his short stories

2463 words - 10 pages for several government agencies. He would travel much during this time and learn an extensive amount about war and politics. All his experiences would eventually be incorporated into his writings.Three works of the short story genre that Graham Green created that are worthy of review are The Destructors, A Shocking Accident, and The Blue Film. All three stories have a common characteristic. This distinguishing factor is a character in each that is

Alexander Graham Bell and The Invention of The Telephone

789 words - 4 pages With the modernized world we live in today, it is crucial that people communicate on the go with friends, family, and business associates. It is estimated that next year, Americans will spend $1.8 billion on mobile devices. They continue to be a growing part of our culture and are being relied on by 91% Americans to get them through the day. Alexander Graham Bell pioneered the way for all of the advancements we have seen thus far. Not only are

The Invention of the Telephone: Alexander Graham Bell

999 words - 4 pages here all communication is strictly with the mouth… and just fancy little children who have no idea of speech being made dependent on lip-reading for almost every idea that enters their heads. Of course their mental development is slow. It is a wonder to me they progress at all ” (Letter to Melville and Eliza, MS,). Alexander Graham Bell began teaching at Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Massachusetts where he used his playful nature and

"The Root Of All Evil" By Graham Greene

548 words - 2 pages The story "The Root of All Evil" by Graham Greene is an excellent moral story about the sins that can arise when people try too hard to keep secrets. Lies, scandals, and murders are all created by secretive behavior, leading one to believe that secrets are the root of all evil.The trouble in this story begins when a few men in the town began meeting for nightly talks, and the consumption of alcohol. There were a few of the gentlemen who felt

Similar Essays

Graham Greene's The Human Factor Essay

1217 words - 5 pages Graham Greene's The Human Factor   "Love was a total risk. Literature had always so proclaimed it. Tristan, Anna Karenina, even the lust of Lovelace - he had glanced at the last volume of Clarissa [13]." People are torn apart from one another simply because of a lack of understanding or a difference in each individual's definition of life. The highest hopes, dreams, and aspirations of one person may be trivial in the eyes of another

The Illusion Of Escape Illustrated In Graham Greene's The Power And The Glory

1166 words - 5 pages Plato, the great philosopher, once said, “No one can escape his destiny” (“Destiny Quotes”). No matter how hard a person might try to escape a boundary, be it real or of the mind, they cannot evade the inevitable. In author Graham Greene’s novel, The Power and the Glory, the efforts to escape mentally, geographically, and physically are shown to make an impact on an individual’s life. Greene implies that though the rewards of escape can be seen

Characters And Settings As Instruments Of Revolt Against The Catholic Dogma In Graham Greene's Brighton Rock

2529 words - 10 pages 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 Greene's 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

Graham Greene's The Quiet American: Alden Pyle As The Antagonist

1018 words - 4 pages “The Quiet American”, written by Graham Greene is a story of how the lives of two very different characters – Thomas Fowler and Alden Pyle get intertwined. Fowler is a cynical, jaded, middle-aged war correspondent while Pyle is young, earnest and full of ideas. Despite being portrayed as naive and well-intentioned, I agree with the statement that Pyle is the ‘bad guy’, or rather, the antagonist in the novel.Alden Pyle