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...annot measure the weight of a person’s life. The central theme of the novel is that no matter how great your morals may be, it is inevitable that a decision must be made. For Fowler, it is the bomb which killed so many innocents that moved Fowler’s heart. He could not live with the guilt if he did not take the action to have Pyle eliminated, although he had someone else do the dirty work. In the end, Fowler finally realizes that there can be no ambivalence. Fowler’s decision in having Pyle eliminated was both political and personal. It was for the good of preserving the innocents and also so that Fowler could get rid of Pyle and keep Phuong to himself. Though things with Phuong are back to the way they were, Fowler’s personal decisions will never be simple again.
Greene, Graham. The Quiet American. El Camino College ed. New York: Viking, 1956. Print.
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