How is Changez's sense of identity altered over the course of the novel?

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In the beginning of the novel, Changez is rather innocent and naive. He talks about arriving at Princeton, and how he thought, "This is a dream come true. Princeton inspired in me the feeling that my life was a film in which I was the star and everything was possible." When he is interviewed for the position at Underwood Samson, the interviewer, Jim, calls him "Wildly overoptimistic." This seems to sum up Changez's youthful identity. He believes in a world where all possibilities are open. He says, "Princeton made everything possible for me." He didn't see the flaws or the negatives of a life in America right away.

Slowly, however, Changez starts to become resentful of American culture and life. When he is confronted by ignorant Americans who make assumptions about him based on his nationality, he describes the "typically American undercurrent of condescension." He contrasts his lavish experiences with Underwood Samson to his childhood, where he "learned to savor the denial of...

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