Character Analysis: Gogol And His American Identity

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Gogol experiences all or nothing thinking which interferes with his relationship with his parents. He does not believe that he could incorporate both his Bengali culture and values into his American identity. This can also be seen with his name. Gogol demonstrates mental filters in this realm and sees it as a negative event and dwells on this form of inconvenience for most of his life. The ABC model can be used as an intervention in this case. Being named Gogol is the activating event, as he grows, he thinks it is a ridiculous name, which leads him to act out and eventually change his name. When his father passed away, he felt like he should follow traditions since he was not involved with his family when father was alive. The activating event in this case is his father’s death, the belief is that he should respect his wishes and honor him through his culture, and the consequence is he…show more content…
He is viewed as the guy who is trying to disengage from his culture and assimilate to American values. He demonstrates this by listening to rock music and having a typical American style and using drugs to relieve his stress and make sense of the world. His alternative story is that he cares about both his Bengali and American identity and is trying his best to fit in and combine both identities. Ashoke’s dominant story is that he is an immigrant and trying to support his family in any way he can here in the states. He is a respected individual and wants to share his opportunities to his family. He struggles to share information that is sensitive to his family and has to constantly consider if he should disclose his traumatic event. His alternative story is that he is a survivor of a terrible wreck and is mindful of his family. He convinces Ashima to stay in the US to keep opportunities open for their children because he wants them to be successful. Summary and
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