Analysis and Comparison of the Beginnings of Uncle Ernest and Brighton Rock

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Analysis and Comparison of the Beginnings of Uncle Ernest and Brighton Rock I have chosen to analyse and compare the beginnings of Uncle Ernest and Brighton rock. I have chosen to write about these two stories because they make a good contrast with each other as the author's different techniques create a number of different effects. Both authors write with the technique of using a lot of description. Graham Greene, the author of Brighton Rock uses this technique to describe both the character and the setting. One effect this has on the story is that it helps to create an obvious contrast between the two. This shows the reader that the main character, Hale, is misplaced within his surroundings; he stands out and does not fit in with everyone else or the place he is in. This is shown in sentences describing his appearance, "inky fingers" and "his manner cynical". This makes us think of a dirty man who is unclean and is not a very nice person. In contrast to these descriptions, in the setting the air is described as "fresh and glittering" and the sky is healthy. We get the impression that Brighton is a nice place to be; clean and peaceful and Hale doesn't fit in there. The author of Uncle Ernest also uses a lot of description at the beginning of his story, but in a very different way. Everything we find out about the place and person is unpleasant. The effect of this is that the character blends in with the background and no one really notices him. This is completely opposite to Hale in Brighton and the way he stands out like a sore thumb. The character's clothes are "dirty", a shave was badly needed, and "he hadn't washed" either. The setting mirrors this as he walks out of a public lavatory, a place generally seen as dirty and unpleasant, the gutters are "unswept" and there is rubbish all over the floor. This gives me the impression that Uncle Ernest isn't very important where he lives as he fits in with everything else.

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