Graham Greene's The Quiet American

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The United States must make hard decisions as conflict arises between the United States and the Soviet Union. After World War II, the US began to have conflicting views with the Soviet Union which caused a series of proxy wars, one of them occurring in Vietnam. The Soviet Union was trying to make Vietnam one of their satellite nations, a nation that is aligned and under the influence of the Soviet Union, while the US wanted to stop the Soviet Union’s influence on other nations. There were differing view on whether or not the US should intervene in vietnam. An illustration of these differing views is seen in Graham Greene’s novel The Quiet American where Thomas Fowler, a british journalist, believes in remaining uninvolved in vietnam, while…show more content…
Pyle came to Vietnam under the idea that he could protect them, however Fowler correctly understood that the Vietnamese people only wanted to be independent from outside forces. Pyle came to Vietnam under the belief that “there was always a Third Force to be found free from communism and the taint of colonialism… [a] national democracy”(Greene 115) that could free and protect the…show more content…
After seeing the results of the General Thé’s bombs Pyle believed that the vietnamese“were only war casualties… It was a pity, but you can’t always hit your target. Anyway they died in the right cause… they died for democracy” (Greene 171). Pyle’s carefree tone shows how he was fine with the deaths of many innocent Vietnamese people as long as his own selfish goal of stopping communism was achieved. Pyle did not care about the Vietnamese people because he pushed them aside and said that he was doing to for democracy. In the Nation Magazine's Puppets and Patriots, they criticized the US on how it was put “into a position which has become almost habitual, the position of giving support – moral, diplomatic, financial – to a regime whose only virtue is its anti-communism” (Puppets). Nation Magazine’s purpose in writing this was to expose the US’ selfish motives and is shown by their critical tone. This is significant because it shows that the US would support poor leaders, including Diem, who had little support from the vietnamese. This proves how Fowlers perspective was more justified because Pyle did not care about the well being of the Vietnamese and chose to support General Thé even after seeing the damage that he has caused in vietnam, so that he could satisfy his own selfish needs. The US did not truly
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