Assess Changez’s sense of identity at the end of the novel. Refer to his relationship with America and Erica. 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Regardless of what one feels of the ending, I think that the conventional reading of the ending is that Changez has changed.  He has become the fundamentalist, poised and defining himself against America.  Yet, I think that his sense of identity is still one that is built on uncertain foundation and subject to change yet again  In my mind, Changez's embrace of fundamentalism is a response, not necessarily a statement.  It seems to me that as a result of his hurt endured at the hands emotionally at Erica and politically at America, Changez has feld to fundamentalism to provide some sort of cover or sanctuary for him. There is little to indicate that this is the same Changez except that he looks different and speaks different words. There is little to indicate that Changez has finally stopped embracing dreams too quickly, and has developed an emotional and psychological foundation that stresses stability and a sense of centeredness. I think that the fact that the ending is so inconclusive helps to shed light on the fact that Changez, himself, is so inconclusive.  The conventional reading does see him change. Yet, I think that Hamid has raised so many issues and fostered so much in way of dialogue that furthers more dialogue that it would make sense that Changez's identity is also something that requires further analysis.  This feeds Hamid's larger point that to understand the issue of fundamentalism and terrorism, one has to engage in a careful and through analysis where there are more questions than answers.

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