In "The Namesake," how does Ashoke's death alter relationships within the immediate Ganguli family?

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Although the conflict in The Namesake originates from the clash of two different cultures, the emphasis is on family relationships. For Ashoke and Ashima, the trip to India is like a homecoming. However for Gogol and Sonia, it is an ordeal. Gogol's identity crisis begins with his dislike for the name his father gave him. He is in a state of conflict with his parents and the entire Indian culture they promote. As soon as he goes to college, he distances himself from his family.

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