The Namesake Essays

  • Identity In The Namesake Essay

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    The identity and name crisis of Gogol developed throughout Lahiri 's novel The namesake is the central focal point. He has grown with two different names and with those names two very different personas. It becomes a source of constant frustration for Gogol and is not something that the reader is ever completely certain he comes to terms with. Toward the end of the novel we also see Gogol react differently and think critically about who he is and who he wishes to be. The way that he begins to look

  • The Namesake Stylistic Analysis

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    Within Lahiri’s Novel ‘The Namesake’, the protagonist, Gogol lives an Americanised lifestyle where he becomes accustomed to understanding their culture. Both Gogol’s parents, Ashoke and Ashima, are reserved, traditional Indian citizens who abide closely by Indian traditions. The novel follows Gogol’s struggle in classifying his identity and belonging. Particularly within this extract, Gogol is revealed to be deliberately oppositional toward his parents as his emotions of isolation arise from his

  • The Namesake Gogol Muses Essay

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    1. In the closing pages of The Namesake Gogol muses “Without people around him to call him Gogol, no matter how long he himself lives, Gogol Ganguli will, once and for all, vanish from the lips of loved ones, and so, cease to exist.” (Lahiri 289) Taking this thought into account, to what extent is identity contingent upon the perceptions of others? While what Gogol believes may seem like a generalized subjective assumption, this is an opinion that is only specific to Gogol. To Gogol, a name makes

  • The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri Essay

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    Nothing reminds you of how far you are from home more than giving birth to a child in a foreign, distant land. As Jhumpa Lahiri describes in her novel, The Namesake, being a foreigner is like a life-long pregnancy, a perpetual wait, a constant burden, an ongoing responsibility, and a continuous feeling out of sorts. Throughout the novel, Lahiri accounts the story of a couple moving from India to America, as well as, the complex process of raising kids in an unknown country, without family, without

  • Michael Gogol Identity

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    But, in the end, I still do love them, just like how Gogol still loves his parents. 8. If I were to write a sequel to The Namesake I would want to write about Sonia’s life. Just like we got to see Gogol’s life since he was a baby, I would want to know what Sonia’s life was more like and how it might’ve been different from Gogol’s. Sonia also had a fiancé at the end of The Namesake so I would want to know how her marriage would turn out and if it would be a disaster like Gogol. I would also want to see

  • The House Of Stone Analysis

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    It is difficult to believe that an Indian American teenager and an older Lebanese male can share similarities. Although, Gogol Ganguli from the film the Namesake and Anthony Shadid from the memoir, The House of Stone share several similarities. Unfamiliar with the Indian culture, Gogol is challenged by both the mainstream America and Indian heritage. In comparison to Gogol, Shadid’s case deals with familiarizing himself into a Lebanese culture while trying to maintain an American identity. Both works

  • Neil Perry And Siddhartha Comparison Essay

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    Part of growing up is leaving your parents and determining what is best for yourself instead of listening to what others think is best for you. In both Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and the movie Dead Poets Society we were introduced to characters who were beginning to make these steps in life; Siddhartha himself, and Neil Perry. While each character had many differences, they both faced the same problem, their fathers had set out a plan for their lives that they would follow no matter what was for

  • Jhumpa Lahiri Identity

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    Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake centers on Gogol’s struggle to navigate and settle into his bicultural identity and he does so in various ways, most significantly through his relationship with Maxine, through which he seeks to confirm his American identity, though he is ultimately driven to accept his Indian American identity, and his relationship with Moushumi, through which he reaffirms his hyphenated Indian-American identity. Gogol’s interracial relationship with Maxine is initially attractive to

  • The Namesake

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    Gogol is a strange name, but that strangeness does not define who he is. “The Namesake” is about a boy who has foreign parents and a peculiar name, but he learns that what he is called is not who he is as a person and that it is okay that his name is out of the ordinary. In “The Namesake,” Jhumpa Lahiri establishes the theme that it is okay to be different through family traditions, relationships with others, and experiences. Gogol and his family have some traditions that explain the peculiarity

  • Asian American Culture

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    In the beginning of the school year, I defined an Asian American as American that participates in Asian culture. As I read “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri, I always questioned Gogol’s identity. Even though he’s the son of first generation Americans that come from Asia, he often tries to run away from his heritage . So, would Gogol be considered Asian American? During his adulthood, from his breakups to the death of his father, Gogol matures mentally. He begins to regret resenting his trip to Calcutta

  • For One More Day Analysis

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    Nothing is considered to be better than a lovely person called mother, her love, and care. Certainly, I can say with that I never understand the suffering from the unbearable loss of a dear person. The novel entitled “For One More Day” by Mitch Albom, had shown me on how it feels to lose our mother. I started to understand Charley Benetto’s feeling to lose someone that he loved. There are perhaps no appropriate words to describe this agony, at least none used on this world. This intolerable pain

  • Cultural Identity Analysis

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    To begin with, cultural identity allows people to redeem their own spirit and gain vitality. Jackson’s Indian cultural identity redeems him from drifting through life. Whereas before Jackson redeems his grandmother’s regalia, he feels he has been “disappearing every since”. However, when he gets the regalia back, he mentions “Pedestrians stopped. Cars stopped. The city stopped. They all watched me dance with my grandmother”. Jackson’s triumph changed him from an invisible homeless Indian to a visible

  • The Challenges In Homer's The Odyssey And The Journey

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    Chuck Norris, a famous American artist, actor, film producer, and screenwriter has found “that anything worth achieving will always have obstacles in the way and you've got to have that drive and determination to overcome those obstacles on route to whatever it is that you want to accomplish” (Chuck Norris Quotes). This quote relates to the two poems, The Odyssey and “The Journey”, which discuss the difficulties of achieving a goal. In both poems, the main characters are faced with many obstacles

  • The Namesake Relationships

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    In the novel The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri there are many relationships portrayed throughout the story. Ashoke and Ashima’s relationship doesn’t show their affection for each other. Gogol had three serious relationships with Ruth, Maxine and Moushumi one of which he ended up marrying. His relationship with Maxine was strong because he was very close with her and her family. Gogol’s relationship with Moushumi was based on secrets and their way of not being more open with each other. Gogol’s serious

  • The Namesake Themes

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    ABSTRACT: This paper focuses on the predicament of name, sense of identity and belongingness of the characters who belong to the Indian origin and become immigrants in USA. The novel, The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri unfolds the lives of Indians and Indian Americans who struggle for adoption and assimilation of culture. It also displays the sole of the characters experiencing assimilation, displacement, fear and guilt, who are perplexed to balance their own culture with a new culture

  • The Namesake Thesis

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    Have you ever found yourself, yet lost yourself? That question may be a mouthful but think about it. Have you ever steered off of who you are and the discovered a whole new side of yourself? In The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, the main character, Gogol, maintains two identities as Gogol, linking back to his past, and Nikhil, which develops as he grows up. Gogol is more family oriented and more true to Indian culture, while Nikhil follows the “American” way by showing independence and rebellion. As

  • The Namesake Analysis

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    In the novel, The Namesake, by Jumpa Lahiri there is the prevalent theme of confusion involving self-identity, this can be seen by the actions of the main character, Gogol, and his relationships. Bengali culture is unique and involves drastically different practices and

  • Identity In The Namesake

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    In the novel, The Namesake, by Jumpa Lahiri there is the prevalent theme of confusion involving self-identity, this can be seen by the actions of the main character, Gogol, and his relationships. Bengali culture is unique and involves drastically different practices and

  • Jhumpa Lahiri's Namesake

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    Namesake: By Jhumpa Lahiri(A comparative analysis of film and novel) From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of another fabulous novel written “Interpreter of Maladies”, Jhumpa Laheri’s critically appraised first novel is a finely wrote, deeply moving Moving family drama that highlights the significant themes: the immigrant experience, the Clash of cultures, the forced and conflicted tie between generations. The storyline of namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition- bounded life in

  • The Namesake By Jhumpa Lahiri

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    The movie “The Namesake,” by Jhumpa Lahiri concerns itself largely with being Indian and American at the same time. Throughout the movie Ashima, Gogol 's mother, strongly identifies herself to Indian traditions. In the first meeting of Ashima and her proposed husband Ashoke we see her interest in North America, when she finds Ashoke shoes captivating. She also recites her composed writing in English very well, regardless of her Indian accent. She is warned that life will be hard in North America