Basement Room Analysis

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“The Basement Room”: Graham Greene’s Perspective Like many other things in our world, society is comprised of two different aspects: free will and constraints. As Americans, we experience the former daily and seem to take it for granted. We simply live and maintain our daily routines monotonously, completely oblivious to the fact that we are exercising our rights of freedom, doing whatever pleases us. However, if one uses his or her free will corruptly, they will come to experience the latter aspect of society – constraints, or punishments. Laws are the foundation of all constraints in society. They aid us in maintaining order when people, or groups of people, seem to foray into the world of questionable decision-making. For example, if …show more content…
Let it be noted that he never used the first Mecanno set that he received. His refusal to play with the first set functions as a comment on the nature of existence. Mrs. Baines will not take silence as an acceptable answer when she is interrogating Philip; she invades his psyche and catalyzes in the boy a fear of life. Insofar as Philip becomes Mrs. Baines's accomplice by failing to tell Baines that he has inadvertently betrayed their secret, he is in complicity with evil. In essence, Philip has betrayed the one thing that he most both figuratively (free will) and literally (Mr. Baines). When Philip screams as Mrs. Baines is interrogating him, Mr. Baines grapples with his wife in what can be seen as a battle between good and evil. Baines sends her flying over the banister. Philip is again unable to deal with the pressures of adulthood and flees the Belgravia estate to the outside world; where good and evil seem to coexist in mutual tolerance of one another. Philip will not accept Baines’s plea to shield another secret and informs the police of the night’s events. He has learned that to love is to accept the burden of trust in and responsibility for another, for which life has not yet prepared him. Philip extricates himself from Baines, from love (good) and life. The experience of betrayal denies Philip both the sweetness of life and the
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