The Quiet American Topics for Discussion

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How do Granger and Alden Pyle represent American stereotypes? How is Pyle different than the usual picture of an American?

In what way is Pyle and Fowler's treatment of Phuong a metaphor for how foreign occupying forces treat her native country of Viet Nam?

Discuss Greene's theme that to be human, you have to take a side. Do you believe that's true? Was it true in Fowler's life?

Fowler thinks of himself as a realist interested only in facts and the physical world. Do you think he is a realist or a cynic? Use passages from The Quiet American to support your ideas.

How do you think Phuong really feels about Fowler and Pyle? Why doesn't she get a chance to express her desires? How do you think her character could have been better developed, or do you like the depiction the way it is?

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