Murder Will Out
Crime Fiction - Literary Analysis
“It is said that there is a potencial murderer in all of us, that if the pressures are great enough anybody can be driven to the ultimate act of violence”. (Crime Never Pays, OXFORD BOOKWORMS COLLECTION) This statement is reflected on most of the crime fiction stories. This genre of fiction deals with crimes, their detection, criminals and their motives. It has several sub-genders in which different well known writers concentrate on.
Each writer has a specific literary style. In the case of Grahame Greene, an English author, “playwright and literary critic, his works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world” . In the story “The Case for The Defence” (Crime Never Pays, OXFORD BOOKWORMS COLLECTION), a trial of the “Peckham murder” is being held. The accused will be sentenced to death by hanging if the jury finds him guilty. A witness testifing against him can’t be sure of whom she saw the night of the murderer, when the prisioner’s ideantical twin brother appears in court. The case for the defence rests only on the fact that both brothers can’t have commited the crime, it is not disputed that one of them did the murder. During the time of this story, a convinction for murder was punished with a death-sentence, Grahame Greene tries to show his opposition to capital punishment and that it should be abolished. His novels also have religious themes at the centre. This characteristic becomes particularly clear when one of the twin brothers is run over by a bus: “the crowd moved and somehow one of the twins got pushed on to the road right in front of a bus. He gave a squeal like a rabbit and that was all; he was dead, his skull smashed just as Mrs Parker’s had been. Divine vengeance? I wish I knew” (Crime Never Pays, “The Case for the Defence” OXFORD BOOKWORMS COLLECTION). By writing this Graham Greene is evidently saying that human beings do not have the right to judge other...
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