“I Spy” by Graham Green

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Phylologikal analys “I spy” by Graham Green The short story under analysis “I spy” is written by Graham Green. He was an English author, playwrite and literary critic. His works explore different permutations of morality and amorality in modern society, and often feature exotic settings in different parts of the world. The main theme of the story is how the main character Charlie Stowe was trying to steal cigarettes from his father’s shop to prove his classmates that he was not a little boy. We may distinguish the genre of the text as fiction. The story has not really had place, though it may be based on a true story. The text is presented mostly as a description of Charlie’s feelings and thoughts. There is a dialogue between…show more content…
On the other hand, the father seems to be brave, not scared of what is going to happen. He talks to the policemen as if they were going just to go out. To make the situation, feelings and emotions of the main character more vivid, Graham Green uses stylistic devices. We have a detached construction in the second paragraph from the world ‘But the thought of the tobacconist’s shop…’ where author pays our attention to the fact that Charlie wanted to do something with it. The author uses periphrases concerning to cigarettes “The packet were piled twelve deep below”. Boys at “County school” mocked at Charlie because he had never smoked a cigarette. That’s why for him they were not just cigarettes, they were something special. The author says that the father’s “little shop lay under a thin haze of stale smoke”. “Thin” and “stale” are epithets, which disguise his crime. To point out a steal author uses parallel construction “his crime”, “it was a crime”. Then author tells us Charlie didn’t love his father at all, to prove it Graham Greene uses comparison: “he was unreal to him, a wraith, pale, thin, and indefinite” Here we again can see epithets, which exaggerate and make Charlie’s emotions about his father more vivid. To show us the relation between boy’s parents author uses epithets: for his mother “he felt a passionate

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