The Power And The Glory: Letter Response

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Dear I. M. N’Tolerant: After careful consideration and analysis of the issue at hand, I have decided that I cannot remove Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory from the Advanced Placement English Literature class curriculum. Bayside Academy is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school that offers a superior educational opportunity for students. At Bayside Academy we teach our students to become critical thinkers and help mold them into well rounded individuals as they study various subjects, including literature; in The Power and the Glory, students follow the priest’s pilgrimage, through Greene’s imaginative vision, driving them more deeply into the real world, enabling the students to understand life’s difficulties and to empathize with others, no matter their beliefs or circumstances. At Bayside, we encourage students to think beyond what is plainly laid out for them, by allowing them to examine and interpret many different ideas and theories to create their own opinions. In The Power and the Glory Luis, a young boy growing up in a violent and impoverished land, questions what to believe in. He is exposed to the ideologies of both the priest and the lieutenant, who, unknowingly, vie throughout the novel for the boy’s soul. Luis meets the priest when he seeks his help for his “dying” mother, and he is not impressed by the priest’s teachings of Christianity and creationism. He has been exposed to Christianity from years with his mother reading the story of Juan to him and in a fit of rage proclaims he “[doesn’t] believe a word of it” (Graham 50). Luis is more impressed by the lieutenant and his soldiers, which he views as a powerful force of justice and aspires to become one of them (52). In contrast to the priest, the lieutenant does not believe in God and holds a “complete certainty in the existence of a dying, cooling world, of human

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