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Defender of the Faith In Philip Roths Defender of the Faith a veteran of the European theatre Nathan Marx has recently returned to the US from the war that ended in Europe When he arrives to the US Captain Barrett appoints him Sergeant which provides him the responsibilities that Sergeant Thurston leaves behind As soon as Marx takes over the position he faces several dilemmas where he loses his objective but realizes it at the end and tries to take back authority Being a Sergeant he has a difficult rank maintaining a balance between his beliefs as a Jew as a human and his role as a Sergeant Sergeant Marx loses his objective as a Sergeant in the sense that he is taken advantage of when he meets one of the trainees from the camp called Sheldon Grossbart For instance by calling the service shul and not church Grossbart knew Marx is Jewish When Grossbart tries to correct him by saying You mean church Sergeant Marx was furious that he had given himself away and relented by saying I mean shul Grossbart This was a small victory for Grossbart and one he would use to his advantage With an appeal to their common Jewish religion Marx finds his duty being converted and his emotions being stirred With this relationship Grossbart tries to use him at every turn by using their religious ties as a weapon By utilizing Marx Grossbart and two other Jewish trainees lead Marx into believing they were interested in going to church instead of cleaning the barracks Marx knowing it was unfair that they were denied the chance to attend church services then tells Grossbart that they can now attend them Marx being manipulated loses his supremacy and becomes equivalent to Grossbart and the other Jewish trainees because of his characteristics being too generous and too sympathetic At the point of realization Marx was
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