Analysis Of John Le Carre's Novel 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold'

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John le Carré’s novel “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” dives us into the life of Alec Leamas, a British spy during the Cold War era in Europe. The spy has one final mission to complete before he can finally “come in from the cold.” Leamas’ mission, given by Control, is to eliminate Hans-Dieter Mundt, the head of the Abteilung in Germany. What Leamas is not aware of is the many complications and inner battles he will run into and must overcome to reach his mission objective. Throughout the story, these complications will be seen in themes such as deception, seduction and abandonment, which are all involved in the plot and will be analyzed, as well as the recurrence of unkept promises by characters and agencies across the chapters of the book. Deception is used by many characters, as well as agencies, to help with confusing and hiding information from others for a higher purpose. In le Carré’s novel, the art of deception is not forgotten or ignored by the spies and other people involved in the plot. On the contrary, it is highly used to the point where the end justifies the means. It doesn’t matter how the agencies or the characters get to their own personal goals, as long as they achieve them, through a morally acceptable way or not. A great example of this is the deception used on Liz to get her to come to court where Leamas is on trial. At the beginning of chapter 15, Liz receives a letter from the Communist party headquarters inviting her to Leipzig (142-143). This

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