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MJL Response #6 - Wyatt McCallum Professor Gealy Modern...

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Wyatt McCallum Professor Gealy Modern Jewish Literature November 6, 2011 Response Paper #6 For this response paper I read “Defender of the Faith” by Philip Roth. I enjoyed reading the story for a couple reasons. “Defender of the Faith” touches on a topic I never really thought about before, which is the state of Jews in the American army. Although that isn’t really the focus of the story, it still brought to mind a situation I hadn’t previously considered concerning reactions to the Holocaust. What I particularly liked about this story, however, was how Roth portrayed his characters with such humanity. Sergeant Marx is a character torn between two camps, his support of his faith and his support of army discipline. Roth does a good job of showing that because even at the end, you don’t really know how Sergeant Marx feels. Instead, you feel pity because you know that in such a situation, you wouldn’t have known how to react either. He’s faced with a touch situation, and in the end you understand his irritation at being fooled while trying to do the right thing. The
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