What can you say about the way the novel is structured?

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

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One of the structural elements of the novel is the first person narrative style of Changez.  The first person narration structures the novel as if it is a reverie, or a confession, depending on one's point of view.  Like so much with the subject matter, there is little in way of absolute clarity.  This structural element helps to convey the thematic meaning behind it in reference to how the fundamentalist is constructed.  Changez's first person style that reflects a lack of absolute certainty is even seen in the title of the work.  The notion of a fundamentalist, one who believes in what can be seen as narrow and demanding, is offset by the notion of reluctance and uncertainty.  In doing so, one sees that the structure of the novel, one that is told from Changez's point of view, lacks certainty and a sense of absolute hold.  Through this, the portrait of the fundamentalist emerges, one who can conceivably embrace terrorism and the tactics of terrorism.  In this mass of uncertainty and difficulty, the structure of the narrative style of the novel emerges, bringing more in way of questions.

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