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Phuong might be seen as a metaphor for Vietnam Show why you agreedisagree with this statement In 1946 when the Vietnam War began the French fought the Vietcong in order to control Vietnam They wanted to control over its body-its economy foreign policy and especially its political system as Vietnam were following communism They did not have concern for Vietnams better interests Likewise Phoning is portrayed by the author as a metaphor for Vietnam She is shown in a simplistic manner as were the people in Vietnam simple and beautiful She is shown to the reader as a metaphor for Vietnam When Fowler discusses the issue of Phuong with Pyle he gets fed up and says I dont care for her interests I only want her body Likewise what is it that the Western countries want from Southeast Asia The answer is that they want control over its body-its economy foreign policy and especially its political system Does Americans foreign policy have concern for Vietnams better interests it is more concerned with York Hardings vision of world democracy She is also seen simple and uncomplicated as her people and her country Phuongs love to Fowler and Pyle is not so much on love but more on the practical reason of money shelter food and other basic necessities In the same way Vietnam moved to communism in order get basic necessities to its people and thus were pulled into a full scales war Throughout the whole book Phuong is not aware of what is going on around her She does not know for example of Pyles bombings This unawareness is also true for the Vietnamese people who are not involved in the war and are happy with their lives yet their rulers say they fight for their better lives Are they not happy with their lives They are yet the Americans want to provide them with washing machines
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