The Quiet American Rhetorical Analysis

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All those who encounter conflict suffer from loss Statement of intention: I will write in and expository essay format about the different types of loss that are a result of conflict, the people who suffer the most and the blurred lines between the innocent and the guilty and how that makes it hard to discern who suffers from loss the most. I will aim to write in a fluent and coherent way, use sophisticated, analytical language and connectives. I aim to develop my ideas using examples from the world and by imbedding quotes from the text “The Quiet American.” I aim to make my piece clear and concise to engage the reader and to think deeper about society and loss. Loss is an unavoidable price that must be paid by someone in times of conflict,…show more content…
People who were once innocent, when challenged, can change their whole belief system and essentially lose their innocent and become guilty. In Graham Greene’s anti-war novel ‘The Quiet American’, a British journalist, Thomas Fowler, is at first impartial to the war that is occurring around him, but when he witnesses innocent suffering, his beliefs change and is forced to take a side in the conflict. As a result of this he is compelled to play a role in the assassination if his friend, Pyle who was perpetrating the violence. In doing this, he loses his innocence, but in his situation the gains to humanity may outweigh the cost of one man’s life. Similarly the Germans and the Jews during the Holocaust were also forced into this ‘kill or be killed’ attitude. No doubt there were some Germans who did not agree with Hitler’s regime, but were too scared to stand up for their beliefs and decided to inflict suffering in order to save themselves from the same fate. This inaction caused much pain and suffering to innocent victims. Inaction can be worse than action in some cases, as not stopping the atrocities during the Holocaust was worse than inflicting them, because the victims could not stand up and save themselves. Edmund Burke epitomes this concept in a single quote, “All that is…show more content…
Currently in countries such as Libya and Syria, oppressive dictators are controlling their people, forcing them to rebel. When the citizens do this, the governments use force in order to stop them, all for the sake of keeping their power. Innocent people are being tortured and killed because they are standing up for what they believe is right. The governments are displaying a loss of humanity all for the sake of remaining in command and keeping their place of authority. This has a ripple effect, making the people who are being victimizes because of strong ideologies, fight back with devastating consequences. It forces the government to fight back even stronger, which in turn makes the people do the same. It is never ending, with each revolt resulting in loss of even more humanity, until there is little or none left. Thus people also lose their freedom. This is even happening in more established countries such as America, who get involved with other countries’ conflicts and also lose their credibility and humanity. In Graham Greene’s novel, Pyle, who is symbolic of America and American democracy, displays an ignorance towards other ways of eradicating the issues in Vietnam. He believes that his way, America’s way – democracy, is the only way to help his lover Phuong, who is representative of Vietnam. ‘The Quiet American’ directly criticizes American interventionism in foreign countries, especially

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