The Sympathizer Themes & Motifs

Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Betrayal

The theme of Betrayal pervades the novel into the very last chapter. The narrator is a man whose life is filled with moments of betrayal. His first betrayal is in that he keeps his identity as a communist a secret from one of his best friends, Bon. He and Man lie to Bon about their political views and even lie to him by saying that Man will be following them to America as they leave Vietnam because they know Bon will not go otherwise.

The narrator really lives a life in which he must betray someone on a daily basis while he is a spy. He is accepted into the General's family as someone they view almost like a son. He lives with them and eats dinner at the table with the General's wife and children. Yet, he is secretly spying on the General and reporting...

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