The Theme of Betrayal in The Sympathizer.docx

You came and said we were friends but what we didnt

Info icon This preview shows pages 4–5. Sign up to view the full content.

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.
Image of page 4

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

Surname 5 Works Cited Books, Worth. Summary and Analysis of The Sympathizer: Based on the Book by Viet Thanh Nguyen . Open Road Media, 2017. Nguyen, Marguerite, and Catherine Fung. "On Writing, Radicalism, and Literary Value: An Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen." MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 42.3 (2017): 201-221. Nguyen, Viet Thanh. The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) . Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2015. Taylor, Donders. The Sympathizer. prezi.com/k7_hxezhd6mx/the-sympathizer/ Accessed 21, Oct. 2018.
Image of page 5
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern