Greenes novels present a profound research into the depths of human psychology

Greenes novels present a profound research into the

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which problems of ethical character are solved. Greene’s novels present a profound research into the depths ofhuman psychology and are permeated with philosophical meditations on the nature of man and humanpredicament.The major conflict in several of his novels occurs between believers, who live according to the law of theChurch and unbelievers. And yet Greene avoids the easy solution that the believer will be saved ad theunbeliever damned. He tries to find a way to reconcile these opposite views, which at the early period of hiswriting was its weakest point.Typical Work: The Quiet American43
The Quiet Americanis one of Greene's later books, published in 1955, and draws on his experiences as a SISagent spying for Britain in World War II in Sierra Leone in the early 1940s and on winters spent from 1951 to1954 in Saigon reporting on the French colonial war for The Timesand Le Figaro. He was apparently inspiredto write The Quiet Americanin October 1951 while driving back to Saigon from the Ben Tre province. He wasaccompanied by an American aid worker who lectured him about finding a “third force in Vietnam”. Greenespent three years writing it.CritiqueThere are novels, famous not only for their literary values but also for their historical background. Those novelsforce the characters to express their opinions and to show their attitudes. The characters cannot be just on-lookers. They cannot always ignore the reality of life, but, up to some time, they have to take sides andtransform it. Such a novel is ‘The Quiet American’, a novel about Vietnam, a masterpiece on anti-colonialliterature.Published in 1955, right after the end of the Vietnamese resistance against the French colonialists, the novel isgenerally regarded both as a new discovery and as a prophecy of the American evil interference in Vietnam.Since the publication of this novel, the term’ the quiet American’ has soon become a symbol of American newcolonialists, who used to make trouble, organize coups d’etat, and provoke rebellions in many countries under aclean, innocent cover.However, such a new discovery and a prophecy could hardly be made and exposed by other writers in the1950s. The contribution of Graham Greene, therefore, lies in the creation of a vivid, convincing artistic image ofa ‘pioneer’, Pyle- the quiet America- who symbolizes all the evil characteristics of American new colonialists.Another strong point of ‘The Quiet American’ is that, through this novel, Graham Greene critically andironically attacked the American dirty machinations in their attempts to set up the so-called ‘Third Force’, aforce believed to be a National Democracy working for the reconciliation and reunion of the Vietnamese peoplein North and South Vietnam.The strongest point of this novel is the devotion of the author to the Vietnamese resistance against Americaimperialist: like Fowler. Greene eventually came to realize that nobody could stand outside the Vietnam-American War; that nobody could even sit on the fence; that up to some time ma has to make a choice and take

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