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The Namesake

Childhood, in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake, is portrayed as a conflict between the past and the present. Since Gogol and Sonia maintain they are American first, both have a hard time embracing...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2013 6:53 pm UTC

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The Namesake

I believe that the statement does hold some level of validity. On one hand, there is some significance to how cultural relevance, or the lack of it, plays a role in Gogol's challenge. Certainly,...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2011 10:43 am UTC

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The Namesake

The novel The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri concerns a family of Bengali-American immigrants and the ways they adapt to American life and culture. The parents, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli, after an...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2020 3:45 pm UTC

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The Namesake

I think that the effect of projecting into the future is to help bring out complexity in her characters. Lahiri understands that the traditional notion of how immigrants define themselves involves...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2012 6:36 am UTC

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For a large part of the novel, Gogol denies his own identity from both personal and cultural dimensions. He refuses to acknowledge these elements of his own notion of self, which causes an...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2010 8:50 pm UTC

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The Namesake

The idea behind your question strikes at one of the critical issues of the novel. Lahiri's work seeks to examine how "hyphenated Americans" have to deal with the straddling of two worlds- the...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2009 10:45 pm UTC

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The Namesake

At his rice ceremony, Gogol eats everything he is offered but when he is supposed to choose what destiny he'll have he doesnt touch anything on the plate (which includes a mound of dirt, a dollar...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2009 6:09 am UTC

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The renowned author Nikolai Gogol plays an integral part in the plot and characterization of the novel The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. He is one of the father Ashoke's favorite authors. In his...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2019 6:25 pm UTC

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The Namesake

During Ashok's sabbatical, the family takes two unexpected trips outside of Calcutta. After spending several months with family, Ashoke "has planned a trip for them, first to Delhi to visit an...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2012 12:18 am UTC

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The Namesake

I think that more specific detail about what your project is to contain is going to be critical. In the first two chapters, I think that focusing on the fundamental different experience of child...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2011 9:09 pm UTC

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The Namesake

The novel The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri tells of a Bengali couple that leaves Calcutta, India, and settles in Massachusetts in the United States. Their names are Ashoke and Ashima. In Bengali...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 3:46 pm UTC

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