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Defender of the Faith by Philip Roth is a short story that exemplifies the nature of Jewishness that is portrayed through the characters of Sergeant Marx and Sheldon Grossbart Throughout the story there is a recurring theme revolving around the dilemma Sergeant Marxmust face in his decision to act as either a top sergeant Jewish man or human being Paterson136 Marxs internal quarrels in turn cause him to constantly question his beliefs thus leadinghim to a burdensome battle he must conquer in order to retain his faithAs the story progresses Roth makes use of dilemma through the main character andprotagonist Sergeant Nathan Marx Searles 102 Marxs character is always in a state ofuncertainty in his numerous encounters with one of his Jewish trainees Sheldon Grossbart SinceMarx is also Jewish Grossbart cunningly attempts to use this common trait as a way to receivespecial privileges from Marx Through each encounter Marxs true character and personality arerevealed by the use of this dilemma While Grossbart continues to gain pity for his Jewishnessfrom the sergeant Marx is aware of Grossbarts sly tactics yet repeatedly gives in to his requests Although Marx is a die-hard soldier programmed and determined to carry out the important taskof preparing his men for war he shows the reader a sympathetic quality that breaks free of hisduty inclined thought Lee 43 For example when Grossbart pleads with Marx that he mustleave base for a day to visit his aunt for the Jewish holiday Marx is faced with the decision ofwhether or not to let Grossbart leave even though it was prohibited to do so In this incidenceMarx agrees to the terms believing in the importance of family and holidays Through eachdilemma Marxs character is strengthened yet becoming more furious as the story comes to aclose In his final dilemma with Grossbart Marx reveals his aggressive and vengeful nature whenGrossbart once again tries to swindle the old sergeant In one of his final encounters with MarxGrossbart
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