Summarise the main points in Chapter 2 of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that some of the basic ideas that come out of chapter 2 involve how Changez was so immersed in what it meant to be "American."  Changez explores his own American identity in Chapter 2.  He talks about how he was social with Americans, as in the Greece trip, and how he became involved with Erica.  Of significance is how he started the process of bonding with Erica, talking about his life in Pakistan, how their names look in Urdu, and starting the rocess of creating emotional attachments to her.  The primary focus of the chapter is Changez's relating to the American about how much he used to be a part of the culture of America.  One leaves with the understanding that Changez was a significant actor in what it meant to be American.  This is significant for a couple of reasons.  It provides a point of reference for Changez's arc of characterization as the narrative develops.  At the same time, it brings insight into Changez as not merely a political actor, but a personal one, as well.  His aspect of "reluctance" resides in the fact that he is not merely an agent of political action, but rather one of emotions and subjectivity.  This becomes the major points that come out of chapter 2.