Hamid's message about identity seems to be that it is fluid; and it must be when one has so many facets to one's life. Changez's very name seems to symbolize how changeable identity is, necessarily and by nature. His identity, like everyone's, is made up of so many components: his nationality, faith, dreams and goals, education, career choices, personal relationships, immigrant status, and so on. As his nationality and faith become suspect in a post-9/11 America, his relationship with both changes. His dreams and ambitions change once he realizes what implications achieving them will have. This changes the view he once took on his Ivy League education as well as the path he wants to follow in his professional life. His personal relationship with both Erica and his family change his perception of himself and of America. When one's identity is comprised of myriad components—and each of those can be affected by a plethora of other people, current events, travel, or one's own developing maturity and understanding—it is impossible to pin one's entire identity down to one, or even two or three, things or to assume that, once established, one's identity will remain static and unchanging.