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By Haim Gordon

What do we study from the novels of Graham Greene? This publication argues that Greene's writings have a lot to educate us approximately combating evil the following and now, and approximately endeavoring to reside a useful lifestyles. In novels that span 1/2 the 20th century, Greene similar tales of evil folks who destroyed the liberty of others and of some basic those that fought them. via those tales he confirmed us 3 uncomplicated truths: first, evil exists; moment, it's attainable to struggle it; and 3rd, one may perhaps reach knowledge and infrequently a truly constrained glory by means of project one of these fight. Gordon's learn units forth its personal very important lesson: considering and assuming accountability for the realm, guided by way of the analyzing of serious literature, are keystones of any beneficial lifestyles.

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But he conceals both his greed and lust for power under the mask of sophistication. He orders a fountain by a famous contemporary Swedish sculptor as a centerpiece for the building that houses his headquarters, yet he cannot relate to the fountain. He goes to the opera and falls asleep in one of the best seats in the orchestra section; to make sure that nobody notices his drowsiness, he purchases all the seats around him and leaves them vacant. At a meeting at the British embassy in Stockholm, where they are celebrating a new book of poems by the minister, Krough flips through the book and reluctantly 30 Fighting Evil admits that he does not understand poetry.

If we do nothing to halt the evil that exists, if you and I refuse to see it and to condemn it, we are fleeing our responsibility and our freedom, which are the birthrights of our humanity. As Heng says to Fowler in The Quiet American, "Sooner or later one has to take sides. " As Greene repeatedly shows and as those willing to perceive lucidly see, most people flee the responsibility to see and to fight evil. Such a cowardly flight from responsibility characterizes all the scholarly works on Graham Greene that I have mentioned and have encountered.

5. " See Charles Baudelaire, Flowers of Evil: A Selection, trans. Roy Campbell (New York: New Directions, 1955), 3-5. 6. Many of Ronald Reagan's evil policies and deeds have been described in detail in books by Noam Chomsky. See, for instance, Noam Chomsky, Necessary Illusions: Thoug Control in Democratic Societies (Boston: South End Press, 1989); Noam Chomsky, Deterr Democracy (London: Verso, 1991). 2 Greed and Lust for Power T his chapter might have been superfluous, if I had based this book solely on the novels of Graham Greene, supplemented by my reading of newspapers.

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