Graham Greene: Travels with My Aunt (1616 words)


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Graham Greene’s religious novels The Power and the Glory (1940), The Heart of the Matter (1948), and The End of the Affair (1951) deal with tragic themes. In these works, Greene uses Roman Catholic moral teaching as an unyielding framework against which human beings twist and turn like flies caught in a spider’s web. There are unresolvable tensions between the demands of God and our human loves and desires. The adulterer Scobie in the Heart of the Matter is guilty of mortal sin and risks eternal damnation, yet he cannot change his feelings or behaviour. How can the Roman Catholic rule-book be compatible with Christian compassion or mere secular common sense? These fictions raise the …

Citation: Early, Patrick. "Travels with My Aunt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 March 2020 [, accessed 27 November 2022.]

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