Close Reading Analysis

Read the following pages of The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen closely and carefully: 186 – 193. If you have different page numbers, then read from the sentence “My eyes welled up with tears as they raised their glasses to me, a fellow Vietnamese who was, despite everything, like them” through to the end of chapter 11 (186).
Once you have read that section, make your post. Your post should explain how this section of chapter 11 moves the plot forward, and it should analyze how this excerpt develops any of the themes that we have previously discussed in class or that you have identified in your journals. In order to show how Nguyen develops either characters or concepts, you must link two details from pages 186 – 193 to details from previous chapters. Think especially in terms of wordplay. 
Your post must be at minimum 300 words long, but there is no upper word limit, so write as much as you want. Your post must quote from the novel whenever you make a claim about the plot, character, or description that needs supporting. Use parenthetical citations (page numbers in parentheses at the end of the sentence).