The Namesake Chapters 4-5 Summary and Analysis: 1982

Jhumpa Lahiri

Chapters 4-5 Summary and Analysis: 1982

Gogol decides to change his name to Nikhil, the name his father chose for him but he rejected with all the wisdom of a five year old, insecure in his first day at school. He is eighteen now and has been admitted to prestigious Yale University; he feels convinced that “Gogol” simply will not be a serious enough name when he graduates from college or applies for a job. He has found out that Nikhil is more acceptable to girls. Besides, he reasons, this is America. It is an American’s right to change his or her name—all one needs is to legally petition the local government. Many others have changed their names, among them Mark Twain and former U.S. President Gerald Ford.

When he informs his parents about his wish,...

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