The Namesake's Gogol Analysis

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Due to his indecisiveness and lack of a cemented identity, The Namesake’s Gogol takes on Moushumi 's more clearly defined way of life, ultimately resulting in Gogol being left lonely and hopeless following the divorce. Building itself heavily on the concepts of giving Gogol a sense of identity and a shared need for security, their marriage lacks a mutual input of care and connection. Time after time in his romantic life, from Ruth to Maxine, Gogol has stolen everything about their culture to grant him a sense of meaning. Jhumpa Lahiri shows the very one sided nature of the marriage by providing proof that Moushumi and Gogol focus on filling one another’s emptiness, rather than creating a true connection. Unlike both of their previous relationships, this one stems from an arranged date by Gogol’s mother Ashima. While discovering Maxine and Graham by themselves after abandoning their Bengali families, Moushumi and Gogol have known each other since childhood. The first time that the brokenness of their marriage presents itself happens at their wedding scene when, during “the Sanskrit vows she 'd repeated at her wedding, she 'd privately vowed that she 'd never grow fully dependent on her husband, as her mother has.” (Lahiri 247). Despite Gogol now being her husband, Moushumi’s mindset clearly displays how she will grow increasingly independent from him and foreshadows the later occurring divorce. Rather than seeing him as a strong and dependable husband, Moushumi enters their
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