The Sympathizer - Chapters 22-23 Summary & Analysis

Viet Thanh Nguyen
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As Chapter 22 starts, the narrator feels like his consciousness has been separated from his body due to lack of sleep. He looks down at his body and sees the doctor, the commandant, Sonny, and the major standing around him. He refers to himself as the "Holy Spirit" who sees and hears all. He continues to beg for sleep. The commandant tells him he wasn't willing to sacrifice himself for the agent and he tries to protest, but finally gives in and admits he's being reeducated because of what he didn't do.

The commandant and the commissar talk about the narrator's admission. The commissar asks if the commandant is satisfied and says that there is no way the narrator could have saved the Bru comrade or the Watchman and the female agent lived. The Commissar says the narrator should also receive credit for the...

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