The Quiet American

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Graham Greene was famous for his drinking, and the protagonist of The Quiet American, Thomas Fowler, shares this trait. At many points in the novel, other characters, particularly those who are in the… (read full symbol analysis)
An important symbol of machismo (an exaggerated sense of manliness and domination) is the helmet that the Lieutenant offers Thomas Fowler when he travels to Phat Diem, a dangerous war zone. Fowler confirms his machismo—and… (read full symbol analysis)
York Harding’s signature book, The Role of the West, plays an important role in inspiring Alden Pyle to turn to violence in Vietnam. Pyle believes that it’s necessary to use bombs and other… (read full symbol analysis)