Gogol Character Analysis

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Gogol was in a few different relationships over the course of Namesake. The three women he had a relationship with were Ruth, Maxine Ratliff, and Moushumi Mazoomdar. Each of these girls had both a positive and negative impact on Gogol’s life. We will take a look on how they impacted his life both in the book and the movie. First, we will see how they act in the book, then we will move on do how they are similar in the movie. One of the girls that shaped Gogol is Ruth. Gogol meet Ruth in class as a student at Yale. One day leaving Yale, Gogol sat next to Ruth on the train and began talking to her. After a short time dating each other, Ruth decided to move to Oxford for a semester and then decided to stay the summer. When Ruth returns and goes…show more content…
Maxine is a girl that has very rich parents. She also loves to show off her wealth while also shopping till she falls dead. After a while Gogol thinks that Maxine can solve all his personal issues. Maxine is artistic and American, which makes Gogol very happy. Soon after dating Maxine, he grows closer to her family. Not long after Gogol begins to distance himself from his own family. Later in their relationship Gogol gets word that his dad has died. Gogol sees his relationship with Maxine as the main purpose of why he became distant with his family and calls off the relationship. After calling off the relationship Gogol becomes guilty for letting this happen to himself and his family. Maxine gave Gogol happiness, but in the end, he grew distant with his family. However, his dad’s death opened his eyes to see what he was doing was…show more content…
We are first introduced to Moushumi at Gogol’s fourteenth birthday party. She comes across as rude, know-it-all, and just ignores Gogol completely during the party. When the book introduces her again she is dealing with a breakup from her old fiancé. Gogol basically sweeps her off her feet and they begin to date. Moushumi has the same interest as Ruth. Gogol saw this as an opportunity to reconnect to his roots after his father’s death. Not long after they are married things begin to crumble. Moushumi becomes unsatisfied with the marriage and even cheats on Gogol about a year into the marriage. Eventually this causes Gogol to end the marriage. This causes Gogol to rethink everything and lose trust in
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