The Theme of Betrayal in The Sympathizer.docx

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America made people like me. You came and said we were friends, but what we didn’t know was that you could never trust us, much less respect us” (Nguyen 163). If an individual believes something in all his life and then comes to find out it was a lie, they feel betrayed since this ends what they have thought for the past years. All the lies the person has been encountering may hurt their feelings since it will be hard for them to handle the emotions once they find the truth of the matter. Therefore, betrayal is connected to lying in every way. Conclusively, The Sympathizer is an example of a novel narrating lives of individuals that are characterized by betrayal, which is a life where one has been the betrayer and the betrayed. The story was not meant to be a thriller, but it creates dramatic tension in the moral dilemmas that are experienced by the characters. The book is mostly about disloyalty, which is mainly revealed through the characters. This paper notes various moments of characters betraying each other that are evident from the novel. The main character is found to have deceived both America and Vietnam; he is forced to betray his best friends and betrays the general’s family. Conversely, the narrator is betrayed by his close friend while the Americans are found to have betrayed the Vietnamese in different moments throughout the book. Through the exploration of the life of a narrator, who was a spy, moments full of lies are evident in the novel, which makes the theme of betrayal to pervade the whole book until the very last chapter giving significant counts of today’s world.
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