Characterization of Changez

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Changez
professes
himself
a
‘lover’
of
America
to
his
anonymous
listener
at
the
start
of
the
novel.
To
begin
with,
for
Changez,
the
journey
from
Pakistan
to
Princeton
(and
then
to
Underwood
Samson)
was
about
“a
dream
come
true.
Princeton
inspired
in
me
the
feeling
that
my
life
was
a
Rilm
in
which
I
was
the
star
and
everything
was
possible.”
Later,
Changez
calls
the
dream
his
“American
dream.”
Changez’s
life
before
9/11
is
a
life
of
possibilities,
not
the
least
of
which
is
the
possibility
of
achieving
status

“Underwood
Samson
had
the
potential
to
transform
my
life
as
surely
as
it
had
transformed
his,
making
my
concerns
about
money
and
status
things
of
the
distant
past.”
Status
is
particularly
important
for
Changez.
As
Jim
points
out
to
him
a
number
of
times,
Changez’s
motivations
are
often
founded
in
his
feelings
of
being
an
‘outsider’
-­‐
“You’re
a
watchful
guy.
You
know
where
that
comes
from?...It
comes
from
feeling
out
of
place…Believe
me.
I
know.”
Status
and
power,
then,
offer
Changez
a
chance
to
‘transform’
(a
word
that
is
signiRicantly
used
a
number
of
times
throughout
the
novel
to
describe
him)
himself
from
an
outsider
to
an
insider.
The
motivation
of
status
for
Changez,
though,
isn’t
simply
a
symptom
of
Rinding
himself
an
outsider
in
a
foreign
country.
It
comes
from
the
feeling
that
his
own
country
is
powerless
in
the
world

“Nothing
prepared
me
for
the
drama,
the
power
of
their
view
from
the
lobby.
This,
I
realized,
was
another
world
from
Pakistan;
supporting
my
feet
were
the
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Reluctant
Fundamentalist-­‐
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achievements
of
the
most
technologically
advanced
civilization
our
species
had
ever
known…Often,
during
my
stay
in
your
country,
such
comparisons
troubled
me.
In
fact,
they
did
more
than
trouble
me:
they
made
me
resentful.
Four
thousand
years
ago,
we,
the
peole
of
the
Indus
River
basin,
had
cities…while
the
ancestors
of
those
who
would
invade
and
colonize
America
were
illiterate
barbarians.
Now
our
cities
were
largely
unplanned…And
America
had
universities
with
individual
endowments
greater
than
our
national
budget
for
education.”
For
Changez,
Erica
represents
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