John Le Carre's Perception of International Affairs Analytical Essay by JPWrite

John Le Carre's Perception of International Affairs
An examination of author John Le Carre's view of international affairs through an examination of two of his novels.
# 64716 | 1,177 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Apr 03, 2006 in English (Analysis) , International Relations (General)

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This paper analyzes the characters and plots in John Le Carre's novels, "The Honourable Schoolboy" and "The Little Drummer Girl" to shed some light on the author's view of international affairs. The paper explains that, from Le Carre's point of view, international affairs are dehumanizing from all sides concerned and offer no justice.

From the Paper:

"John Le Carre's perception of international affairs is one of intense disillusionment. Through the novels, The Honorable Schoolboy and The Little Drummer Girl, Le Carre shows the reader that the world is devoid of a political ideology. In these novels, international affairs arise from the encounters between Smiley and Charlie and the raging forces of international affairs. These encounters resonate a sadness and empathy for the human condition. A few critics have labeled Le Carre's view of international politics as "baroque." With his character George Smiley, Le Carre holds a clean mirror to the face of the secret intelligence agency, illuminating a turmoil. George Smiley tries to uphold a degree of principles as does Charlie, but they are no match for the rising flood that pushes them toward losing their principles. Both Smiley and Charlie are the outsiders, who continually attempt to do the right thing. Since there have been many times duty to country or group beliefs have caused many atrocities, Le Carre makes clear that it is more important to have individual principles than any duty to anyone or anything. Through Smiley and Charlie, Le Carre shows how international affairs are demoralized and perilous."

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