A Shocking Accident

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Title: “A Shocking Accident”
Author: Graham Greene
Published in: May We Borrow Your Husband? (collection)
Date of Publication: 1967
Genre: Short Story

Graham Greene (1904-1991) was an English writer who gained popularity through his novels, many of which were approached from a religious (Catholic) point of view. Many of Greene's literary works (thrillers or other novels) have been adapted for film or television. Today, Greene is mostly known for novels such as The Power and the Glory or The End of the Affair.


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The short story “A Shocking Accident” by Graham Greene is structured around a tragi-comical event that influences the life of a nine-year-old boy named Jerome: the death of his father, caused by a pig falling from a balcony. The story has a chronological structure and follows Jerome from when he is a child to the moment he matures and when he is about to get married. he story has an exposition (which also sets the intrigue), a rising action, a climax, a falling action and a resolution. The title of the short story refers to the “shocking accident” that killed Jerome’s father the man was crushed by a pig that fell on him from a balcony in Naples

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