What is the meaning of this quote from The Reluctant Fundamentalist?  "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...

What is the meaning of this quote from The Reluctant Fundamentalist?

 

"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." P.g 3

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

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Changez's description of how he saw his life at one point in time is poignant, especially given the turns it takes.  There was a time in which the embrace of the "Immigrant Dream" was real in Changez.  When he talks about how his life was a film and how being at Princeton enabled him to feel like "the star," it is a direct reference to the power of foreign cinema.  For so many around the world, the feeling of being in films and "being a star" is an experience that few get to know, but for which so many more can only hold dreams.  Changez felt, for an instant, like his dream was reality.  This notion of being the center of attention, accomplishing a highly coveted dream, and enabling real life to exceed one's expectations were all experiences that Changez felt as a youth.  To a certain extent, the secular spirit of celebration and excess that is part of what it means to be in America is revealed in this quote.  It is reflective of how at one point in time, Changez truly embraced what it meant for a foreign- born person to "become American."  The quote's expression of pure joy in being for someone outside of America to be in and to be successful in America represents the point from which he will pivot as his characterization throughout the novel becomes more intricate and complex.

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