What does Jim try to bring out in Changez?

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

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I think that Jim is trying to reach out and open a dialogue with Changez.  While Changez does raise many points about American identity and its faults on a political level after September 11, Changez is overlooking that part of what makes the American narrative so uniquely distinct from so many other nations is that it is a home to those who have been marginalized.  America's distinctive feature is that it does include so many that have been considered excluded.  Jim tries his best to reach out to Changez.  Sensing that he is confused and torn apart as to his own sense of identity, Jim reaches out to Changez in an open manner: "I know that it’s like to be an outsider. If you ever want to talk, give me a shout."  In this, Jim is trying to open a dialogue with Changez and seeking to build bridges between them.  Jim recognizes his own background as one where being poor and being an outsider are one in the same.  He understands that Changez might be experiencing displacement at being "different," and he wishes to bring out a sense of solidarityy and openness to ensuring that he remain focused at his work at Underwood- Samson.  In his diatribes against America, Changez fails to readily account for how Jim represents that opposite of the broad strokes with which he paints America.  While America might be guilty of all that Changez says it is, he fails account for the fact that it embodies people like Jim within it, as well.

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