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Spies Context Essays

Le Carré is clearly one of the front-ranking novelists of espionage; his rank among novelists in general is less clear-cut. Most of le Carré’s critics have pointed out that the question is linked to the genre. The authors of genre fiction—detective, espionage, horror, science fiction, Western, historical—all need to establish their competence in spite of the medium in which they work. All of these genres are associated with “escapism,” and, more to the point, with formulaic, second-rate (and worse) works. Authors and critics alike must usually apologize for, or defend, the form before dealing with the individual literary work under consideration.

Espionage novels, after World War II and the onset of the Cold War, became increasingly popular and also developed from the novel of sheer adventure and patriotism to complex analyses of the murky motives and sordid realities of the spy’s world. Le Carré, especially, has not only dealt with the major moral issues in this realm, but he has also done so consistently. In his view, the theme running through all of his novels is that of questioning the right of the individual to suspend his own moral conscience in order to accomplish a national or religious goal, of the means justifying the end or the organization’s priority over the individuals of which it is composed. Only one of le Carré’s previous novels, The Naive and Sentimental Lover (1971), does not deal with espionage at all; it is generally conceded, even by his admirers, to be an inferior work. In A Perfect Spy, le Carré has combined the moral questions and suspenseful plot of the spy novel with broader issues of the moral responsibility of the parent, the artist, the businessman, relating these loyalties and betrayals to their counterparts in the ethical and political dilemmas of foreign policy and espionage. With this novel, le Carré more closely approaches the work of Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene, to whom he has been compared.

The Practice of Spying or Using Spies Essay

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Webster new explorer dictionary said that the definition of espionage is “the practice of spying or using spies to obtain information about plans and activities especially of a foreign government or a competing company” (1999). Spies in World War 2 had very fun jobs but very dangerous jobs at the same time, but still lived a good life. Spies were used to gather secret information to help their countries win the war. People became spies because they to be loyal to their country. Female spies did the most work in helping their countries gain victory in the war.
During World War 2, there were a lot more female spies than there were males. Females had a large problem during the war because they were unexpected to be a spy or have anything to…show more content…

Webster new explorer dictionary said that the definition of espionage is “the practice of spying or using spies to obtain information about plans and activities especially of a foreign government or a competing company” (1999). Spies in World War 2 had very fun jobs but very dangerous jobs at the same time, but still lived a good life. Spies were used to gather secret information to help their countries win the war. People became spies because they to be loyal to their country. Female spies did the most work in helping their countries gain victory in the war.
During World War 2, there were a lot more female spies than there were males. Females had a large problem during the war because they were unexpected to be a spy or have anything to do with anything because they were women. Female who acted as double agents could seduce the man in power on the opposing side and convince a country she was on their side. Men too had jobs like these. They were required to go in before a women, create safe houses, make tools for certain missions and provide what was need to insure they weren’t caught. Spies that were to help people in other countries were parachuted down so that they would not be detected by the enemy. All spies knew the danger of their jobs but they would do whatever it took to insure the safety of the people in their homeland.
Spies had many dangerous things to face while in the battle, because spies couldn’t blow their own cover or have any loose ends that could

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