In The Namesake, what is the difference between Gogol and his parents' views on marriage?
Gogol, as a child who was born and brought up in America, thinks that the arranged marriage of his parents is something that is oppressive and has resulted in a lack of love between them. When he starts his relationship with Maxine, he compares and contrasts his own parents' lack of public affection with the ease and obvious love expressed by Maxine's parents. However, it is only after his father's death that Gogol comes to understand just how deeply his parents did love each other and that it was just their culture that prevented them from expressing that love openly.
Interestingly, both Gogol and Moushumi are strongly opposed to arranged marriages, and yet they both suffer relationships that end badly. They, unlike their parents' generation, have the freedom of choice when it comes to love. Whether the author is making a comment through the success of arranged marriages vs. the failure of marriages for love is uncertain, but it is clear that Gogol's generation do not enjoy the same success in marriage as his parents' generation does.