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Graham Greene final draft Paper

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Jillian Bourjaily Mr. O’Donnell English 3 May 10, 2009 A Catholic Author Thesis: How does Graham Greene’s growing affiliation with Christianity have a profound influence on the depiction of his characters in his novel Brighton Rock ? From T.S. Elliot to C.S. Lewis, Christianity has often been a prominent literary theme. One of the more contemporary Christian authors has been Graham Greene. Starting off as a lowly writer, Greene soon matured into one of the most influential Christian writers of the twentieth century. In his early years, Greene had never believed in a higher power. This all changed when he met his wife, Vivien Dayrell-Browning. Once they wed, Greene’s pages were filled with traces of Christian morals and themes. Greene’s growing affiliation with Christianity had a profound influence on the depiction of his characters in his novel Brighton Rock . Henry Graham Greene was born October 2, 1904, in the town of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. He grew up comfortably because his father was the headmaster of Berkhamsted School. As a child Greene grew accustomed to reading and writing on the weekends, instead of playing outside with his friends. “When Greene matured into adolescence, he became increasingly depressed and unhappy at school, which he described as his first impression of hell” (Holt 947). Greene later stated that “the inspiration for his fictional outcasts and tortured souls was developed in adolescence.”
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Greene’s troubled life led him in final desperation to run away from the horrors of discipline and school. The constant anxiety Greene’s family felt for him coerced Greene into undergoing psychiatric therapy. After his reflective peregrination in London, Greene began to write in local newspapers. He eventually went on to write influential novels, poems, and even plays. As a child Graham Greene never believed in a god. During his teenage years, he converted into a confirmed atheist. In 1926, when Greene and his wife Vivien wed, Greene agreed to take instruction in her faith. Vivien, who was a Roman Catholic
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