The Sympathizer Character Analysis

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Following the Vietnam War, there were two major waves of Vietnamese migration coming into the United States. The first wave of migration happened after the Fall of Saigon in April of 1975. The immigrants had faced separation from their families as they were evacuating the country. The second wave was a refugee crisis where thousands of Vietnamese Amerasians and political prisoners had migrated into America. All these people came to the United States to start a better life. Many came in order to escape the hostile environment that had started because of the war. From Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel “The Sympathizer,” one can see how the characters have endured hardships and experienced racism, as did the real Vietnamese immigrants. By exploring the themes of American identity and the American dream, during two different periods of Vietnamese immigration, one can better understand Nguyen’s or the immigration experience. In the “The Sympathizer,” one can see the theme of American identity and how Nguyen’s fictive representation of it reveals the immigrant experience, both in society and in the novel. The main character from the novel is from mixed cultures which affects the way he is treated and his view of the American identity. He is a communist spy in the South Vietnamese army, is ambivalent towards his role in society. He describes the people who are were born from mixed cultures as being “forever caught between worlds and never knowing where he belongs” (Nguyen 63). These people
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