The Namesake Character Analysis

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The Namesake is the story of Gogal, a Bengali boy who is named on an impulse after the Russian writer Nikolai which Gogol adds more vagueness to his already confused South Asian identity, hybridity, and state of in-between of the South Asian community brought to the fore. In Bengali culture, it is traditional to have two names, a “good” name, which appears on official documents, as well as a “pet” name used only by family and close friends, who is given by Ashima’s grandmother in India, gets lost in the postal void between America and India.
Gogol is disordered because unlike all his Bengali family and friends, he not only has just one name, but his name is Russian and has no connection to his ancestry. While most Americans likewise only have one name, Gogol discovers his name all the more disturbing once he learns in school about the oddball yet brilliant writer with whom he bonds the name.
It is indisputable that one of the vital human is the need of belonging to a everlasting group. Fitting into to a
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While Lahiri signifies Gogol as someone who is muddled about his identity, she also offers Gogol, who lives between two different worlds with the opportunity of producing multiplicity of identities. The model of Deleuzian becoming that the rhizome brings into play has obvious attractions with new efforts within postcolonial theorizing and feminist to go beyond the hereditary prejudices of identity. Lahiri’s text stresses for potentials of living differently. For example, as Gogol grows old enough to interrelate with his parents as a child. While Ashima is pregnant with Sonia, Gogol and Ashoke eat dinner alone together and Ashoke blames Gogol for playing with his food. He says, “At your age I ate tin,” (55) to draw attention to how grateful Gogol should be for having the food to

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