"A Shocking Accident" by Graham Greene Chante Miller 2nd Hindsley May 3, 2018
Main Character; Jerome is the protagonist of the short story. His father dies in the story. Even though his view of the circumstances of his father’s death does not change, he still develops as a character because, in the end, he finds a way to come to terms with his father’s death. Note that the story follows Jerome for several years.
“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 and the news from his housemaster about 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 to his lover named Sally.
The main conflict that Jerome faces is his fear that people who know his father, will not respect who he was, and will only remember him for his death.
"This is so embarrassing"
Jerome was happy because Sally, (his fiance') was there to give him the love and support that he need. At the end they kiss.
The main themes of the story “A Shocking Accident” by Graham Greene are the absurdity or triviality of death (illustrated by Jerome’s father death) and coming of age (illustrated by Jerome’s transformation from a child to a man). Honestly, I'm not too sure about how this makes me feel. It was a lot of different moods in this story.