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Volume 2 Issue 12

October 2015

Alienation and Meaninglessness of Relationships in Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair
Dr. Anupam Sharma, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of Applied Sciences and Humanities, 
Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology, 
Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Abstract
The End of the Affair perpetuates the theme of alienation and meaninglessness of relationships. The novel consist of a kind of inverse Christian apologetics, through their disbelief and then hatred of God, Sarah and Bendrix are drawn toward reluctant belief in and then love of God. Bendrix is the main character, a lame man who is a writer and who has had an affair with a married woman Sarah Miles. The novel is in one respect a story of tragic love, and it brings to mind Greene’s childhood conviction of love and despair being inseparable. In the passionate and promiscuous love of these two, Greene reveals all the pain and all the painful happiness that lovers experience. The love affair begins casually when Bendrix makes out with Sarah in his search for ‘copy’ for a novel about a civil servant, and it ends abruptly during a flying-bomb raid. Bendrix spends much of the novel puzzling out her struggle between faith & doubt.
Keywords
Alienation; Meaninglessness; Graham Greene; The End of the Affair.
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