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Critically discuss Lahiri's literary devices and authorial style in Chapter 5 of The Namesake.

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A sampling of Lahiri's authorial style and use of literary devices can be gotten from the beginning of Chapter 5 of The Namesake. Lahiri's authorial style employs a bold direct tone that is obvious from the beginning of the chapter in the direct statements and specific vocabulary of the first sentence: "Plenty of people changed their names: actors, writers, revolutionaries, transvestites." He also employs tense to reinforce his points in a subtle way. For instance, he uses past tense to underscore acts of free volition ("People changed"; "slaves renamed") while using the past tense in perfective aspect (had + -ed verb) for actions enforced upon others, as in "immigrants had their names changed at Ellis Island" (had changed is interrupted by the noun phrase their names).

Digression helps Lahiri elaborate upon both his story and his characters, such as for Gogol Ganuli when Lahiri digresses from the central story line to tell a separate brief, loosely related though significant story...

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