Modern English literature

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He doesn't, however, always succeed in giving a truthful interpretation of the motives of the crime he deals with, though in his later works his approach to the subject becomes more realistic. He shows the corrupting influence of capitalist civilisation on human nature, and tries to prove that many of the bad qualities in a person are the natural result of cruel, inhuman conditions of life. Though crime and murder, the problem of 'the dark man motivate many of Greene' s works, the main theme of his novels is pity for man struggling in vain against all the evils of life; his longing for sympathy, love and friendship; his striving for happiness, which is inevitably doomed to failure.

In the thirties Greene's protest against human suffering brought him to Catholicism, but he did not become a true Catholic. His novels The Heart of the Matter, A Burn-Out Case, The Comedians and many others reject the dogmas of Catholicism, and his talented realistic descriptions are more convincing than his ideology and Philosophy. In The Heart of the Matter, a true Catholic, Scobie, commits suicide when he becomes aware of the fact that the church cannot free people from suffering.

For this idea the novel was condemned by the Vatican. Greene is known as the author of two genres – psychological detective novels or 'entertainments and ' serious novels as he called them. The main theme of both genres is much the same (the problem of 'the dark man deep concern for the fate of the common people.

But in the 'serious novels' the inner world of the characters is more complex and the psychological analysis becomes deeper. Iris Murdoch Iris Murdoc has written novels, drama, phylosophical criticism,.

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English Literature

Саша Лукашевич, Брест, ин-яз Email sashaluck mail.ru English Literature in the 20-30s of the XX c. The century is characterized by great diversity of artistic values methods. This age had a great impact on the literary process. Variety of social, ethic aesthetic attitudes.

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