While on the run, the priest endures the stress of not only running from the police, but getting caught and released under a false identity. For the priest, physically escaping is a way to live and continue the practices of his faith. The lieutenant views the priest’s lucky encounters as “an appalling mockery. To have had [him] and then let [him] go” cause two innocent people to be killed (Greene 192). The priest continuously tries to escape, but never fully succeeds. The priest and the lieutenant have one common belief, stemming from two diverse realities: the priest is doing more harm than good to the common people while on the run. “You’re a danger” the lieutenant explains, “That’s why we kill you” (Greene 193). For the priest, the only real form of escape presented is death. If he is not dead, he is bound by his religion to function as a priest and to carry on with his duties. Greene shows why not allowing any religious figures to escape Mexico was important to th...
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...o escape, it is still unattainable to the priest, making the job of the lieutenant easier. Geographic escape is just one other illusion the priest dreams of, yet never reaches in reality.
Throughout the book, The Power and the Glory, author Graham Greene shows his readers the importance of mental, physical and geographical escape in a person’s life. All three types of escape can greatly benefit or hurt a person and affect every aspect of their lives. We are shown that no matter how hard the characters tried to evade the situations they were in; their fate seemed to be pre-determined. Plato makes a valid point in his idea that no matter the amount of effort put in, a person cannot change or escape the destiny the world has mapped out for them. There may be a certain amount of sense in accepting and dealing with events in the present, not trying to evade the future.
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