The Power and the Glory | Study Guide

Graham Greene

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Narrator, Part 2, Chapter 3 ate was just a failure of imagination. Sources: The Atlantic, Encyclopaedia Britannica, New York Times Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Suffering Suffering can beredemptive or degradingto the human soul. Love God’s love is so powerful it could terrify humanity. Pride & Piety No one is without sin,even those who think themselves pious. Themes Mestizo Poor, devious man; betrays the priest to get reward money but later asks for the priest’s forgiveness and blessing Lieutenant Young, anticlerical, socialist police officer pursuing the priest; responsible for innocent people’s deaths but sees himself as a good man Priest Middle-aged, alcoholic priest living in a state where religion is outlawed; defies authorities by performing rites in secret Main Characters A journalist and convert to Catholicism, Greene used war, revolution, and geopolitical intrigue as a platform for writing about faith and morality in the modern world. The Power and the Glory is one of Greene’s best-known works and is based on events he witnessed in the 1930s while reporting in Mexico. GRAHAM GREENE1904–91 Author Arrested and executed, the priest is now a martyr; his death inspires others. Redemption Through Death He faces certain capture by answering a deathbed request instead of escaping. A Life-or-Death Choice A weak, sinful priest hides from authorities and seeks opportunities to say Mass. On the Run In 1930s Mexico, religion is outlawed in many areas. An alcoholic priest with a shameful past defies the law. He slinks from town to town and says Mass when he can, all the while evading arrest. Will he escape, or will he risk his life to serve the people who still keep their faith? The Redemptionof a Fallen Priest OVERVIEW English Original Language 1940 Year Published Graham Greene Author The Power andthe Glory Drama Short Stories Short Story Series Religious Text Primary Source Poetry Play Novella Novel Nonfiction Essay Epic Poem Children’s Literature Book Type

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