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Kesey describes the effects that drugs can have on one’s body and he describes this process so vividly that one can actually imagine what it must be like to swallow some of those “red pills.” The style and the prose make the characters stay in the readers’ brain for a long time. They are made so realistic that it seems we have met them in our lives. Some characters of Kesey’s novel are based on the individuals he met while working in a Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Oregon. When Kesey was writing, he worked the graveyard shift in the psychiatric ward and actually underwent real-life shock treatment. Kesey described some fillings of his characters based on his own experience, which made his characters look more realistic. Kesey as well as Graham Green wrote about what he knew the best and what was part of his life. This personal experience and attachment made the characters more interesting and memorable. Graham Green also uses nice prose to make his novel unforgettable. The real beauty of The Quiet American is its straightforward, even style, giving the reader the option simply to enjoy the surface tale, or delve deeper into its important issues. Greene is a great storyteller. He evokes the most actual streets, the most vivid skies, and individuals who can have a lacerating reality as they search the labyrinth of their lives. The novel has very well written, with sharp, cynical dialogs. They may not be strictly speaking “realist,” but they set the mood, and are effective and expressive. Graham Greene, unlike Kesey and many other writers in this century, did not experiment with language, subvert traditional narrative, or choose exotic subjects. He has simply used the powerful imagination that led him to speak of his work as a “guided dream.” That imagination made Greene’s fiction the best-realized portrayal in its time of the drama of the human soul. The Quiet American is one of the Greene’s profound first-person confessionals. What he says himself in Ways of Escape, “use of the first person and the time shift, and my choice of a journalist as the “I” seemed to me to justify the use of rapportage.” Kesey also uses first-person narration purposely. He has cleverly chosen Chief Bromden as his narrator and achieves technical excellence in the narration. Using the same method that Melville used in Moby Dick, Bromden acts like a prism, and the events and characters are filtered through his imagination, appearing as he sees them. The fact that the narrator is a paranoid schizophrenic absolves the author from presenting an objective account of what goes on inside the hospital; as a result of the Chief’s perspective, the narration is often magical and incoherent. It also contains many flashbacks that are effectively incorporated and developed. The narration raises a constant question in a reader’s mind — is the Chief really crazy? Perhaps he is a sane person seeing a deeper truth? It makes the readers to think about the novel and to try to understand it.

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