"A day in the life of a male prostitute". An analyse of the short story Jubilee by Graham Greene

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A Day in the Life of a Male Prostitute

An analyse and summary of the novela Jubilee


I will start my analyse, by making a small summary of the story. Then I will discuss the narrator, and what impact it has on the story, the characters, and their relation, and finally the theme; what is the writer trying to say with this story?

The novel, Jubilee, is written by Graham Greene in 1936.

The story's main character is Mr. Chalfont. Mr. Chalfont - the first-name is unknown - is a male prostitute or gigolo. He is getting rather old for his job, and he has no future plans and not a lot of money. He may live in a hotel, because he lives in some sort of room. There has been a celebration of the King, the Jubilee, but Mr. Chalfont has not joined in the festivities, because he is afraid somebody from his past might recognise him and wants to visit him.

He did not want to show them the room he was living in. The only times Mr. Chalfont had been out of his room, was to eat at the public-house.

The day of the story, Jubilee is more or less over, and Mr. Chalfont is going out for the first time in over a week. He is very anxious about going out again, but he feels that it is necessary for the good of his morale. He has not got a lot of money, so he needs to go out and earn some. When Mr. Chalfont comes to the restaurant, he quickly spots a woman sitting at the bar. He knows he have seen her before, but cannot remember where. The lady winks at him, which makes Mr. Chalfont uneasy. If the porter notices...