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Graham Greene's Utilization of Characterization in A Little Area off the Edgware Road

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Graham Greene's Use of Characterization in A Tiny Place off the Edgware Road In 'A small place off the Edgware Road' there are just two focal personalities. We learn the name of just one of these characters along with the other remains unnamed throughout the narrative. Here is the first interesting thing about Greene's use of characterization. By not naming one of the characters we see him as more mysterious and it helps us to realise at the end which he's only a figment of Craven's imagination. Greene writes in the third person rather than giving us the greatest insight into Craven's head by writing in the first man. This also gives us a certain distance from Craven and this is much like real life as we always feel a certain distance from mad individuals mostly because we aren't mad ourselves. In the first paragraph we are given the impression that he is a solitary, lonely character. We know this because when we meet him it is 'only just after lighting-up time' and this is the time when it just starting to get dark and most individuals are just going to go out for a good moment. But not Craven. He stares bitterly at the cars on their way for a good moment. We wonder why he has no home to go to. Later in the story he becomes aware that his breath might be foul, "but who could he ask?" Craven clearly has nobody in his life, any family members or friends. His separateness from the rest of society is strongly emphasized, Greene also shows Craven as being an envious character. "He hated them, and hated his hatred because he knew what it was, envy." Craven covets money and love, "He was reminded of passion, but you needed money for love... love needed a good suit...

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