Power and Glory
I- introduction II- Setting A. How setting shows the main theme 1. the jail
scene 2. the traveling scenes III- Symbolism A. How symbolism shows the main
theme 1. liquor B. How characters show symbolism 1. a quote IV - Characters A.

How characters show the main theme 1. The lieutenant 2. Brigitta 3. The mestizo

B. Minor characters 1. Mr. and Mrs. Fellow, Mr. Tench 2. Towns people V - Theme

A. What makes up the main theme 1. Setting 2. Characters 3. Symbolism B. A quote
from a book VI - Conclusion In the novel "The Power and the Glory", Graham

Greene uses the elements of fiction to show a main theme. Some of the elements
he uses are them, characters, symbolism, and setting. The way Greene uses these
elements to show a main theme for his novel, is very good. The elements come
together to show the theme, which is pity. Pity for a fellow human being.

Setting is a major element of fiction. The setting of a piece of literature can
set the mood of the scene. Setting, can also make the reader feel a certain way.

Some of the scenes in "The Power and the Glory" evoke certain feelings in
the reader. In the scene when the whiskey priest was put the crowded jail, for
having liquor on him, Greene makes the scene so horrible that you can’t help
but feel sorry for the priest. As Kenneth Allott said, "The crowded unseen
figures in the dark seem like shapes from a Dore hell."(182). In the scenes
when the priest is traveling from town to town, the setting is very rough.

Through dense forests and complete darkness, he travels and again, the reader
feels pity for someone he doesn’t know but feels connected to because of being
human. As Kenneth Allott said, "There is a blanketing sense of cruelty’s
omnipresence ... and very frequently this mood is symbolized by a peculiar
background of squalor ..."(15). Some critics think that the novel is "a
melodramatic thriller about a policeman chasing a priest, romanticized by its
religious significance and its exotic Mexican setting."(Pryce-Jones, 58).

Another important element of fiction is symbolism. Symbolism in a novel can
bring some insight to what its theme might be. A lot of the characters,
atmospheres, and objects contain symbolism in the novel. The liquor that the
priest is drinking is highly symbolic. It is a symbol of how the priest pities
himself. He feels his life is not worth much, so he drinks. He makes himself
feel worthless. Neil McEwan said, " The novel firmly connects the consolations
of alcohol and religion... those who need to suppress both have cut themselves
off from suffering."(59). That statement shows the priests pity on himself.

Another symbol in the novel is the scene in the jail. This is a symbol of the
priests lose of faith. He feels as if his life has no more meaning and he might
as well give up. Characters are also symbolic in the book. As Allott said,

"There is a sense in which other characters in the book can be regarded as
symbols..."(174). A novel wouldn’t be complete without characters. And,
characters in "The Power and the Glory" play an important role to evoke pity
for the priest. First is the Lieutenant, whose relentless pursuit of the priest
makes you pity him. The lieutenant even starts to kill innocent people in hopes
to find the priest. You can not help but feel sorry for the priest because of
the lieutenant. Another character in the novel is Brigitta. Brigitta is the
child of the priest, who obviously is illegitimate. The priest wants badly to
love the child, but he can’t. He is caught between his child and the sin he
has committed. She also,... "Stands for the early corruption of
innocence."(Alott, 174). This alone makes us pity the poor whiskey priest.

Another character in the novel is the mestizo. The mestizo, who follows the
priest to turn him in for a reward and then to get him to bless a dying
criminal, represents a ... "Judas figure..."(McEwan, 92). We pity the priest
even more because the mestizo is after him just like the lieutenant does. He
represents "...evil and treachery..."(Alott,174). Some small characters play
an important role in the novel. The people in the towns, who have rejected the
priest in fear of being killed, makes us pity the priest because of their acts
of rejection. Mr. Fench, Mr. Fellows, and Mrs.Fellows, all show that most of
humanity has