THE TENTH MAN

THE TENTH MAN BY GRAHAM GREENE

The Tenth Man by Graham Greene

The book The Tenth Man by Graham Greene takes place in France
in the 1940s during

the German occupation of France during the second world war. It starts
of in a German prison

with the narrator talking about the prisoners singling out two specific
characters, the Mayor of

Bourge and Pierre an engine driver. Through a situation concerning these
two we are introduced

to the main character, Jean-Louis Chavel who changes his last name to
Charlot. The narrator

goes on to describe who the prisoner can here executions ever night. One
night a German was

killed so for punishment three prisoners were to be killed from each
shed. To be fair the cell

where the story starts the men drew marked paper from a shoe. Chavel
drew the last marked

slip which condemned him to death and went into histeria. In his
histeria he offered to give every

thing he owned to someone if they died for him. A man named Janvier,
thinking of his sister and

mother, spoke up and took his offer. After the agreement Janvier drew up
a will leaving

everything he now owned to his sister and mother. The next morning he
was executed. The
story

then shifts to months later in Paris where Chavel, who name has been
changed to Charlot, is

looking for a job since he gave every thing he had away. Charlot then
returned to his old home

where he meets Janviers\'s sister and mother. Because Janvier\'s sister,
Therese, did not now

who he relay was, she gave him a job because he knew her brother. While
working at the

house Charlot had several run-ins with many childhood and adult friends
but managed to fool

them in some way or a another. Later, a beggar comes along and acts as
if he is the real Chavel

to escape persecution for being a collaborator with the Germans during
the occupation.


vividly he explains the whole story pretty well and convinces Therese
that he is the real Chavel.

Charlot allows him to stay the night and finds out he knew the story and
what he wanted. As a

plan to get all the land and money that Therese got from her brother, the
impostor Chavel

convinces Therese that Charlot made him look bad and her brother proposed
the deal to him.

While proving that the impostor was infact an impostor Charlot was shot
and killed. Before he

died he made sure that Therese would receive no trouble about the
property and money by

leaving it to her in his will.

One moral issue in this book was the willingness to give up
your life for another and the

motives for doing so. People sometimes sacrifice their life for another
when that other person is

faced with death. I think the author put this in the book because in
today\'s society very little

people are willing to give up their life to save another, and if they are
willing they usually would

do it for the wrong reasons. For example in the book Janvier gave up his
life for another but his

motive was unclear. He could have done it for his own personal glory
because he would have

died a rich man what should not be important to you. He could have also
done it for his family

so they didn\'t have to live the rest of their life in a struggle to
survive. He could have also done it

to save Chavel life because he thought it was the right thing to do.
Also in the end of the book

Chavel gave up his life so Therese would have no problems with land
arguments and because he

loved her. In present day life I believe that most people would hesitate
to save someone else if

they could end up dying or getting seriously injured. For example if
someone was going to get

hit by a car and another person had a chance to push the other person out
of the way but they

may injure or kill themselves in the process, I don\'t think they will try
to save them. People

today have