Cause for Alarm Spy Fiction

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Spies have many predicaments that arise different issues in their lives. Such issues as personal life issues, ability to trust, and loyalty and betrayal problems play a huge part in the way a spy can carry on their lives. Focusing in on the issues regarding loyalty and betrayal, we can see that in the novel, “Cause for Alarm” by Eric Ambler, the main character Nick Marlow Encounters many problems regarding these spy problems. Marlow is involved in a few different parties and with the variety of involvement comes with vast issues regarding who and what he is actually loyal to, and whom he is betraying in regards to his actions that he takes throughout the novel. One of the early loyalty issues we come across through this novel is when Marlow decides to take the job of going to Italy and selling the machine parts to the enemies of his home country of England. To some it would be viewed as betraying your country by aiding the enemy with their munitions processing. By the Italian government have a huge hand in buying Marlow’s product, he is helping out the enemy and he is in a large state of betrayal. Marlow insists that by doing what he is doing is just his job, and he has no moral or political positioning in what he does, just simply that he is doing it because he is doing what his employer has asked him to do. Marlow states his loyalty to his employer by saying “ My company purchases my loyalty by paying me to represent it,”(95)
This suggests that Marlow is bluntly showing loyalty to his employer by only just doing the job that he has been sent to do, regardless of the buyer. The company that Marlow works for is mainly concerned about continuing the good sales to the Italian government after Ferning’s sudden death in the beginning of the novel. Pelcher and Fitch seem to be just interested in selling the manufactured parts, regardless of whether they are…...

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