In The Namesake, how does Gogol's relationship to his family influence the development of his identity?

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Gogol's identity is enhanced by the fluid relationship he holds with his family.  At first, Gogol's identity is enhanced with distancing himself from his family.  This is seen in the choices he makes and the overall demeanor he possesses:

This change in name and Gogol's going to Yale, rather than following his father’s footsteps to MIT, sets up the barriers between Gogol and his family. The distance, both geographically and emotionally, between Gogol and his parents continues to increase. He wants to...

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