‘When You Escape to a Desert’ The Quiet American
The first and most obvious question that should be answered in this chapter concerns the inclusion of The Quiet American in a study which deals with the theme of fatherhood in Greene’s novels. None of the major characters in the novel has fathered a child, and yet I would suggest that the theme of fatherhood functions here by its very absence. The discussion of the novel in this study revolves around the theme of non-fatherhood, of sterility. Before venturing into a thematic analysis of the novel, I would like to review the major categories of critical views regarding the theme of the novel, and explain why I have found most of them unsatisfactory.
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