The Role of Politics in the Novels of Lecarre' and Ian Fleming

Political Issues Raised By John Le Carré in His Novels

The main objective of John le Carré’s book is too light up and to assess key political and moral themes rose in the novels of the top spy novelist of the time. John le Carré confronts imperative individual and communal dilemmas that can arise when freethinking democracies engage in spying, response to spying, and secret operations. His examination of fundamental political-moral dilemmas of the time raises the impact of his work far much past the confines of the usual spy genre. The global politics are dominant in the novels particularly in connection to the cold war and the aftermath of it.

Although there is undoubtedly some politics in his work, his political message is intentionally unclear. His moral message is even more ambiguous. There is stress flanked by morals which carry the focal point of the analysis of his books. Le Carré’s vagueness serves a variety of purposes and can be understood from three diverse vantage points such as ideological, psychological, and stylistic. Le Carré’s political lessons are not direct, indistinct, allow the politics to come forward from a stumble between the confrontations of protagonists, and reveal a sense of humor, grief, and empathy for the human condition (Le Carré 46).

John le Carré is among the greatest political novelists. In his novels, he deals with key ideas including the cost of the dominant global political falsehood, the Cold War, and the aftermath of the termination of the Cold War. The subject of politics is faintly embedded in events that seem to lack political implications. The outcome of the Cold War has led to substantial public dissatisfaction. Gross inability closest to criminal negligence allowed the Russian spy in the CIA, Aldrich Ames to do immeasurable destruction to U.S. state security. The CIA director’s failure to promptly carry out serious steps to transform the agency makes circumstances particularly favorable for public dialogue over these issues in the United States (Le Carré 78).

Although a liberal, le Carré subjects free-thinking to extensive criticism. Politics in le Carré’s narrative are not conveyed openly by way of ideological accounts but are conveyed through the actions and inactions of characters. The ideal of free-thinking is tested alongside political truths. In spite of his own inclination for a liberal thinking, he treats this belief to austere separation which conspicuously validates its insufficiencies when challenged by the realism of political happenings and by more tough ideologies. Ethically eye-catching and fully unsustainable, liberalism and egoism are expressed as inconsistent, disordered and fragile (Aronoff 59).

Furthermore, the modeling of the author’s character and personality also helps to describe the indecisive quality through which he appears to alter political colors and discloses a variety of repeatedly inconsistent views. In his novels, Smiley’s moral integrity continually questions the price paid by nations for attempting to guard political freedoms through the secret world of spying. He unswervingly questions the suppositions that those around him take as normal. The examination of Smiley’s role in chapter one highlights le Carré’s stand on several subjects, particularly the hostility between the individual and organizations. This description of Smiley cultivates the notion of the open-minded feeling and presents the concept of a cynical balance (Aronoff 54).

Finally, in addition to showing ideological disposition and a character, ambiguity is also a real literary method to masquerade moral criticism or political meaning. Without vagueness, le Carré’s art would seem to be much more polemical. Barley notes that politics in le Carré’s novels are the opposite of propagandistic. While he sees this uncertainty as challenging, ambiguity is interpreted as symbolizing a liberal personality that clearly informs his work and makes it particularly well suited for political interpretation. The political and ethical implications of the powerful Western democracies in the undisclosed world of spying, little consideration has been given by educational literature. Such discussion has been even more noticeably absent from public debate (Le Carré 146).

Ian Fleming’s ‘Casino Royale’

Fleming penned his major Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952.The novel alternates around James Bond, an officer of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. Bond was also known by his cipher number 007 and was a commander at the Royal Naval Reserve. The story ranks among the best-selling fictional books of all time (Fleming 58). Moreover, Casino Royale was motivated by certain events that took place in the course of Fleming's profession. On a time of war trip to Portugal towards the United States, Fleming went to the Estoril Casino. Due to Portugal's unbiased status, a number of spies from belligerent governments were present. The unsuccessful effort to execute Bond while at Royale-Les-Eaux was stimulated by a genuine event: a failed murder attempt of Papen, Vice-Chancellor of Germany. The two endured the assassination attempts.

The Political Background of the Novel

The book is written during a very tense political period, World War II. At the time, Fleming was working with the Naval Intelligence Division. Around that time, Fleming was recruited by the Director of Naval Intelligence. As part of his appointment, Fleming was appointed into the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve later in July where he raised ranks to become commander shortly later. Fleming entered the political world after he attested priceless as Godfrey's private assistant and outshined in management; also, Godfrey often uses Fleming as a link to other units of the government's period of war administration, including the Secret Intelligence Service, an executive in charge of political war affairs, the executive in charge of special operations, the Prime Minister's staff and the Joint Intelligence Committee. Fleming, further, got into history books heightening his political venture when Godfrey circulated a document that bore his name (Fleming 126).

James Bond, being the protagonist in this novel, helps to bring out the intended themes of the novel. There is a political situation at the time when this novel is written; in the first encounter with Bond, he is in a serious confrontation with Le Chiffre's minders whose aim is to kill him and take money with him. This is symbolic of how intense the political climate was at that time (Fleming 134).