Existentialism In Journey Without Maps

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It is the dialectic of good set in motion by their surrender to evil which shapes the destinies of Greene’s characters. In Brighton Rock, we get the impression that Greene is fascinated by his own religion but at the same time he hates it too, he has a sense of aversion for his own religion. Pinkie frequently alludes to his religion in the same tone as to sex. John Atkins in his book Graham Greens says: “I sometimes suspect that Greene joined the Catholic Church because it is the only respectable organization that is not beastly to tarts” (96). In Journey Without Maps, Greene says that he avoids those aspects of his Catholic religion which he does not like such as damnation. Here, Greene seems to be influenced by the thoughts of Kierkegaard who had…show more content…
In a similar fashion, what is emphasized here as Greene’s existential bias, may be regarded by some as religious bias. Religion is not simply a detached observation of rituals for its own sake. Rather it is a way of life. It always stands in need of existential verification in the lived life of man. On the other hand, through the dual need of handing it down, religion produces schools of thoughts and bodies of beliefs which lead in different directions from man’s concrete existence. It is understandable, therefore, that the life of every religion depends not only upon its continuation but upon those men within it who will bring it back to the concrete reality from which it began. As Greene insists on the incessant return to the lived religious life and on the superior reality of the religious meeting with reality over any formulations concerning the nature of religious reality, he may properly be called an
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