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The Character of Alden Pyle in "The Quiet American"

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Victoria Tretyakova Group 316 Alden Pyle in ?The Quiet American? To begin with, I would like to say that if to talk about The Quiet American, one of the most famous novels by Graham Green, it is impossible not to mention one of the main characters ? Alden Pyle. This patriotic, innocent and naive character should be paid attention to. Alden Pyle came from a well-respected family. His father has appeared on the cover of Times magazine as a renowned professor of underwater erosion and his mother is well respected in their East Coast community. Pyle himself is a brilliant Harvard graduate who came to Vietnam brimming with the ideas of York Harding, an American foreign policy theorist who proposed that a Third Force is needed to control the spread of communism in Vietnam. ...read more.


Furthermore, he believed he could make a difference in the world in a country that he knew very little about. But Pyle knew that he could not change the country alone, so he joined General Thè's army which was also known as the third force. Above all, Pyle believed that what he was doing was for the greater good for the country and he was determined to succeed despite the unimportant casualties lost. Pyle was focused on one side and his innocence blinded him. This resulted in Pyle being unaware of all the damage that he had caused by helping the third force. The bombing at Saigon, where dozens of casualties died, shows clearly Pyle's innocence. ...read more.


He believed that the third-force would have not deceived him in such a way. Due to Pyle's naivety he did not see that he was merely being used to support some fanatics which never believed in his cause. To sum up, I would like to say that Pyle's ambitions to improve a country which he knew nothing about led to serious consequences. His naivety in the involvement of the war cost several lives and his self. If he had only thought about what he was doing and who he was affecting, Pyle may have broken out of his `innocent' behaviour and show some pity for his actions. However, he was stubborn and believed that the bombing was not his fault and that he wasn't deceived by General Thè. His innocent approach on the war soon led to an early death. ...read more.

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