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Vague Relationship In the world of literary novels and movies one can always find a masterpiece that stands out due to its originality and its perplexing narration For example on the Memento official website many words from the critics especially the phrases a psychological brain-teaser or intellectually novel film attract the audience The outstanding part of the Memento is its arrangement It separates into two parts the main part shown in color plays backwards from the real end of the story to the climax at the end of the movie while the flashback shown in black-and-white which unfolds chronologically and stops right before the climax The Quiet American is not as puzzling as this movie Nevertheless it echoes the this same structure of the colored part juxtaposed with the black-and-white part Greene uses this arrangement to make us think that Fowlers feelings towards Phuong are hardly constant and distances us from the fact that the feelings of Fowler are gradually increasing as time goes on In the first part of the novel The Quiet American Greene uses flashbacks to give us an unsteady feeling about Fowler and Phuong in regard to their relationship After the death of Pyle in Chapter 1 11-22 Fowler treats Phuong as if she was a sexual material and he thinks she is not intelligent Therefore he looks down on her He says Phuong on the other hand was wonderfully ignorant if Hitler had come into the conversation she would have interrupted to ask who he was I wonder whether she would consent to sleep with me that night if Pyle never came but I knew when I had smoked four pipes I would no longer want her14 On the other hand in Chapter 2 and Chapter 3-5 which happen in flashback manner we notice a change in tone when Fowler is talking about or with Phuong He treats her with more care and he respects her and does not
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