Philip Roth Defender of the Faith

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Defender of the Faith 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 Marx must face in his decision to act as either a top sergeant, Jewish man, or human being (Paterson, 136). Marx’s internal quarrels, in turn, cause him to constantly …

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…higher meaning and, thus, has him come to the self-realization that he is truly a defender of the faith. Bibliography Works Cited: Arp, Thomas R. Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense. New York: Harcourt Brace College Publishing, 1998 ed. Lee, Hermione. Philip Roth. New York: Methuen Publishing, 1982. Paterson, Judith Hillman. Philip Roth: Criticism and Interpretation. New York: Ungar Publishing, 1981. Searles, George J. The Fiction of Philip Roth and John Updike. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1985.