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ISSN: 2456-7620

The Heart of Faith in Graham Greene’s The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of Faith in Graham Greene’s The Heart of the Matter ( Vol-3,Issue-2,March - April 2018 )

Author: Ali Hamada

Keyword: religious faith views, Graham Greene.

Abstract: There is no question that Graham Greene's The Heart of the Matter is a work that tackles religious faith views. Through the principal character, Major Scobie, Greene tries to show his own concept of true faith. Major Scobie, the police commissioner is put in the divine-earthly balance equation and is left alone to lead up his way. This paper is an attempt to piece together Graham Greene's ideas around the truth of faith. The strategy adopted in the paper is to follow Major Scobie's words and actions and to put them in the scale of Christian dogma to weigh their truth. At last, the paper presents the results it attained in the conclusion. It concludes that there is a deal of hypocrisy or self-deception built in the principal character, Major Scobie that extends from the beginning to the end of the novel that affects the truth of faith.


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[2] Bernard Bergonzi. A Study in Greene. (New York: OUP, 2006). P. 117.
[3] Michael G. Brennan. Graham Greene Fictions, Faith And Authorship (London: Continuum, 2010). P. 83.
[4] Philip Stratford (ed.). The Portable Graham Greene,( New York: Viking Press 1973), p. 100.
[5] Graham Greene. The Heart of the Matter. (New York: Penguin Books, 1982). PP.
[6] G. Chandramohan. Saintly Sinners: A Review of Graham Greene's Protagonists. The Indian Review of World Literature in English, Vol. 1, No. I – Jan, 2005. P. 2.
[7] Gianina Daniela Sabău. A Psychoanalytic Reading of Graham Greene’s The Heart of the Matter. “Vasile Goldiș” Western University of Arad, Romania. P. 5.
[8] Ibid. 1. P. 5.
[9] Andrzej Weselinski. Irony and Melodrama in The Heart of the Matter. University of Warsaw.
[10] George Orwell. The Sanctified Sinner. Review of 'The Heart of the Matter' by Graham Greene. The New Yorker. July 17 1948. P. 61.
[11] Quoted in: Michael Novak. A New Vision of Man: How Christianity Has Changed Political Economy. May 1995. Volume 24. Number 5.
[12] Ibid. 3. P. 85.
[13] Ibid. 6. P. 2.
[14] Ibid. 6. P. 3.
[15] Alka Saroha & S K Vasishta. Religious Vision in the Works of Graham Greene. The Criterion An International Journal in English ISSN 0976-8165. P. 3.
[16] Ibid. 6. P. 3.
[17] Ibid. 1. P. 5.
[18] John Atkins. Graham Greene. (London: Calder & Boyars, 1966). P. 34.

ijeab doi crossrefDOI: 10.22161/ijels.3.2.5

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