The Quiet American Questions and Answers
by Graham Greene

Start Your Free Trial

"God...protect us from the innocent and the good," says Fowler. What did he mean, and how does it relate to the novel's message?

Expert Answers info

bmadnick eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2007

write1,334 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

This quote can also be applied to the second theme of the book dealing with human motivation. It is ironic because Fowler keeps repeating that he is not involved, perhaps to convince himself. But he eventually gets personally involved, to the point that he's an accomplice to murder. What is suspicious is why Fowler gets involved. What are his motives? Is it because of his compassion for the...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 212 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2006

write2,050 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial