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Graham Greene, Brighton Rock Crime Fiction Session Three
Agenda Theory The Anticipation of Retrospection The Secondary Literature
I1Hale 2 (20)The Boy 3 (28)Ida Arnold II1 (47)The Boy 2 (63)The Boy III1 (73)Ida Arnold 2 (86)Spicer 3 (91)The Boy 4 (103)The Boy IV1 (107)The BoyThe Races 2 (129)Ida Arnold 3 (132)The BoySpicer dead
V1 (141)The BoyAfter inquest 2 (148)The BoySame 3 (153)The BoyVisiting Rose’s parents 4 (157)Ida Arnold 5 (160)The Boy 6 (164)Ida Arnold VI1 (169)CubittTalks to Crab and Ida 2 (180)The Boy
VII1 (207)Rose 2 (219)The Boy 3 (225)The BoyVisits Mr Prewitt 4 (231)The Boy 5 (234)The Boy 6 (241)Ida Arnold 7 (244)The Boy 8 (253)Dallow, Ida Arnold 9 (259)The Boy 10 (265) Ida Arnold 11 (267)Rose
The Story The plot allows us to construct a fairly coherent story: Gang war: Corleoni vs Kite. Kite is killed and Pinkey takes command. Hale, somehow associated with Corleoni and Kite’s murder, shows up in Brighton and is somehow killed by Pinkey as an act of retribution. Pinkey’s MO is never revealed. Shortly after the murder, Pinkey discovers that Spicer, who has been distributing Hale’s cards after his death, has botched his job by placing a card where someone may be able to recognise him, endangering their alibi.
The Story Inorder to remedy Spicer’s mistake, Pinkey strikes up a relationship with the waitress at Snows where Spicer left his card. Ida Arnold, whom Hale befriended before his murder, disagrees with the inquest’s verdict of death by heart failure and embarks on her own investigation. Ida’s investigation threatens the gang and Pinkey is forced into a series of defensive actions: He kills Spicer, marries Rose, and plans her suicide, among other things.
The Story Ultimately, Pinkey’s attempts at covering up fails. Ida succeeds in resucuing Rose from Pinkey’s plan and in punishing Pinkey.
Anomalies But the plot also manifests anomalies, e.g. with respect to: Duration: –One section: Hale, Spicer, Cubbit –Two sections: Rose –Eight sections: Ida –18 sections: Pinkey Order: –Begins and ends with characters (Hale and Rose) who are disregarded by the narrative discourse Ellipsis –The sections are juxtaposed without narratorial intrusion –The crime (Hale’s murder) is never represented
Plot and meaning An Entertainment? Does the novel have something to tell us beneath the entertainment level? The themes of identity and role-playing: the adaptation of behaviour to fulfill a social role. Freedom and autheticity vs conventions. Hale, Pinkey, Rose, Ida, Spicer, … Rose and the ending? And ”I Spy”?
Brighton Rock: Levels of Meaning Realism: Brighton behind the scenes Crimes in and of society Allegory Moral fable: right vs. wrong Christian allegory: good vs. Bad Allegory of reading
Secondary Literature Bates Hoffer, ”Greeneland’s Brighton Rock: The Cultural Matrix” (2002) Brian Diemert, ”Ida Arnold and the Detective Story: Reading Brighton Rock” Lucio P. Ruotolo, ”Brighton Rock’s Absurd Heroine”