"The End of the Affair" Book Review by Peter Pen

"The End of the Affair"
An analysis of the themes of love of God, love of self and love of another in Graham Greene's novel, "The End of the Affair."
# 103242 | 3,132 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2008
Published on Apr 30, 2008 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses the novel, "The End of the Affair," written by Graham Greene. It particularly looks at how the novel challenges its reader with contrasting views on issues such as love of God, love of self and love of another. It looks at this theme by discussing the plot and the relationship between the main characters, Maurice Bendrix and Sarah.

From the Paper:

"Bendrix and Sarah enjoy very few of the moments portrayed in The End of the Affair. There are a few happy times, early on, when they are together, declaring undying love for one another, but these are quickly overshadowed by the misery of loneliness and self-deprecation. Bendrix is a terrible person, unable to love himself, Sarah, or his fellow man. He develops a strong emotional attachment to Sarah, but it is not truly love he feels, for it is much too easy for jealousy and spite to take over their relationship. He looks to destroy the bond they have built at every turn. He will continue to be unhappy until he can reconcile his feelings for God, Sarah, and his fellow man. Sarah's grief is the effect of her self-loathing. She cannot be happy with herself, and therefore she can never be happy. One gets the feeling death is a welcome release for her. She becomes free from the judgement of Maurice, Henry, and the Fathers. The End of the Affair is an example that harmony begins from within. A love of self, or at least an acceptance of one's own character is necessary for a fulfilling existence."

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