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Graham Greene is a marvellous writer famous for his shoking and serious novels, as they expose social conflicts as well as the psychology of people who are influenced by the situation in the country. He is considered to be an innovator in the genre of the novel as in his stories he includes elements that bring together readers with the situation. They are sharp intrigue, elements of detective story, elements of melodrama. The latter ones are vividly shown in the extract under the study. The psychological analysis is deepened through the elements of dialogues, irony and scepticism.

The extract from the novel «Our Man in Havana» presents the collision of wishes and possibilities of the father and the daughter. The plot centers round Mr. Wormold who makes both ends meet and is shocked by the daughter’s desire to have a horse, the desire which demands much money and effort.

The conversation is presented through the dialogue with the author’s remarks that clear up the situation and create realistic background. Mr. Wormold’s daughter - Milly - yearns for having her own horse. To make the readers realize that her desire is not a whim, the author resorts to parallel constructions through semicolons that underline obstinacy and resolution of Milly to have a horse: A saddle lay on her bed; a bridle and bit were hanging on the wall from the nails she had driven in; reins were draped between the light brackets; a whip was propped up on the dressing table.

A great number of names of harness also conveys the idea that Milly seriously decides to engage in riding. For the father depriving his daughter of her desire is difficult but he cannot afford the horse. However Milly becomes obstinate and self-willed and even doesn’t let the father express his opinions. He is always interrupted. It is shown through the unfinished sentences: Milly, I’m sorry…; Milly, dear, you know that if I could manage it…; you’ve got to promise…; I can’t possibly afford… .

Through the length of the cues of the heroes we can say that Milly is rather verbose in order to be persuasive and achieve her aims. Her father even can’t raise an objection against her. And the readers know the reason of it - if he refuses, she will deny the existence of God, but he promised his wife to bring their daughter up in the Catholic faith. The father’s heart is breaking because Milly begins crying, this is the last thing he can stand and Milly knows it, for this reason she resorts to it. It is understood through the case of simile and metaphor: two tears chased each other with a kind of elegance round the curve of her cheek-bone and glittered like the harness on the wall; they were part of her equipment too.

The author doesn’t accuse the father of his weakness but even justifies his actions. It is felt through the author’s remark: It was all very well talking about the easy tears of a child, but if you are the father you can’t take risks as a schoolteacher can or a governess. And he resorts to the rhetorical question which urges the parents to think over the way of conduct carefully, they prepare for their children.

The dialogues show that children are able to twist their parents round their little finger as they know their weak points. Milly has good makings of an actress as her voice had the lingering resonance of Poe’s Raven. The author resorts to allusion that she will never stop asking until she achieves her aims. Mr. Wormold is a person who doesn’t have faith in God, but according with the wish of his wife, he brings her daughter up that there are powers on the heavens that can go to her assistance and in order not to break her illusions, he complies with her whims. Of course there is an internal conflict of the father that usually leads to appearance of external conflicts with his daughter and the surroundings. The author while describing their conflicts mainly resorts to an indirect method of characterization though there is also a direct one.

It should be noted that such names of the main characters are chosen not for nothing, as they can speak for the people themselves. Mr. Wormold can be explained in the following way. He is a wretched and miserable man who can not find his place in the society and now he is too old to land on his feet. Besides he has to extricate clear himself from difficult situations of life. That is lack of money, lack of luck, self-dissatisfaction with his life. Seraphina is a biblical name of the angel of the highest rank on the heavens. This angel personifies usually an innocent, free and open-hearted human. This girl is called Seraphina in order to show she has not yet faced up to reality of life and she still believes in God’s strength not relying upon herself only. She is not exhausted and tormented by the true, cruel, furious world.

The main hero is in a tight squeeze, as he has to comply with his daughter’s desires to make her believe God exists though he doesn’t have any faith himself. The author shows that everybody in life is put to choose between faith and disbelief, go against yourself or comply with all conditions. The story underlines how difficult it is to make another person believe in what you don’t put faith and how it is backbreaking to bring up children in such conditions.

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