Identity In Jhumpalahiri's 'The Namesake'

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Who am I?Why am I here? And what is my purpose of my life? These fundamental questionshave been contemplated through the centuries by the immigrant’s minds insearch of identities and finally to sense the true meaning of existence. Your identity is your sense of self. One should not lose ones sense of identity especially if you are an immigrant since it is unattainable belonging. Erikson has rightly quoted,
“In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.” (Erikson, 1968, p.38).
Indian-American authors Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and JhumpaLahirihave been persistently adhered to the shared theme i.e. Sense of belongingness, rootlessnessmulticulturalism and displacement. Both the writer’s work is frequently ruminate onto be supposedly-autobiographical as most of their stories are located in the regions where they live, tackle the immigrant experience- especially of Indians who settle in the US.- and analyses the investigation
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Isolation is one of the vital issues of the expatriate community in their chosen land. The Namesake deals predominantly with the central character of this novel Gogol and the entire plight happens owing to his ‘namesake’.Like a typical second-generation Indian-American,Gogol makes a willful attempt to be incompatible from his parents. He constantly longs for a world rid of Bengali culture, from the traditions that tie him down to a country and culture he does not know. He confronts a cultural dilemma on frequent junctures during his life. He experiences the feeling of distractionbetween the two nations which culminates in withdrawn from both the lands. As Gogol grows up, his identity crises lead off soon when the school principal finds his name difficult and peculiar to vocalize. Scrutinizing what persists in his mind Lahiri

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