Fatherland Themes

Robert Harris (novelist)
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Betrayal

The theme of betrayal is an important one throughout the novel with March the victim of several betrayals both personal and professional. As the story progresses, the intrigue builds and the author puts March in several compromising situations where his life is in danger. As one avenue of support for March the author positions Artur Nebe as an apparent safe place but in the end, Nebe has only used March as an alternate means to obtain the documents he wants and then lets March be tortured and killed. Max Jaeger who is March's partner also betrays March by informing on March's activities throughout the course of the investigation. Max is conflicted about his actions but it is more important for Max to follow SS orders and maintain his job than to take the heroic but fatal path of March's character. It is Max who tells the SS about...

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