The Fundamental

Powerful Essays
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
English Exam Revision 2013

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Key statements about the text
The reluctant fundamentalist deals with themes relevant on a global scale and chronicles the rise and fall of Changez’s brief and torrid love affair with the American empire, and explores the notion of the self destructive nature of Empires. The novel additionally traces the dynamic relationship between two unlikely cafe-mates, Changez and the American. The novel is a one sided conversation symbolically forcing America to hear the other. The readers perspective, bias and vies of the world will determine if they associate with Changez or the American, or both. Overall the novel tries to explore the notion of stereotypes ad therefore causes the reader to question and challenge their own views, and perhaps predisposed prejudices.
Intention of author
The form of the novel, with the narrator and his audience both acting as characters, allowed me to mirror the mutual suspicion with which America and Pakistan (or the Muslim world) looks at one another. The Pakistani narrator wonders: is this just a normal guy or is her a killer out to get me? The American man who is his audience wonders the same. And this allows the novel to inhibit the interior emotional world much like the exterior political world it which it will be read. The form of the novel is an invitation to the reader. If the accepts, then, he or she will be called up to judge the novel’s outcome and shape its ending.

Characters
Themes
Key Scenes
Changez
The Self Destructive Nature of Empires

Meeting the American
The American
Nostalgia as both Poison and Salve

Meeting Erica
Erica
Homeland as a Non-Transferable Concept
Orientation at Underwood Samson

Juan Bautista
Foreignness as subjective and therefore Universal

The Pak-Punjab Deli
Wainwright
The Many Faces of “Fundamentalism”
Manilla, Philippines
The

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Powerful Essays

    Fundamentals

    • 13945 Words
    • 56 Pages

    FUNDAMENTALS OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE By Thomas Clarke and Marie dela Rama SAGE Publications (2008) London; Thousand Oaks CA. ISBN: 978-1-4129-3589-0 Website: http://www.ccg.uts.edu.au THE FUNDAMENTAL DIMENSIONS AND DILEMMAS OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE Introduction As the scale and activity of corporations has increased immeasurably, the governance of these entities has assumed considerable importance. Business corporations have an enduring impact upon societies and economies, and “how corporations…

    • 13945 Words
    • 56 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Fundamentals

    • 315 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Topic of your facilitation session: ________Learning_________________________ |Title article |Anxiety of learning | |Author(s) |Schein / Coutu | | |…

    • 315 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Fundamentals of It

    • 3910 Words
    • 16 Pages

    Assignment Module: Fundamentals of Information Technology Table of Contents Introduction………………………………………....3 Recommendation and Justification……………..…..3 1. Computer……………………………………...4 2. Printer………………………………………....5 3. Scanner………………………………………..6 4. Copier……………………………………….....6 5. Accounting software……………………….….7 6. Payroll software………………………….……7 Security……………………………………….…….7 Cable………………………………………….…….8 Topology……………………………………………8…

    • 3910 Words
    • 16 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Fundamental Rights

    • 1711 Words
    • 7 Pages

    Overview Fundamental Rights are an important part in the Constitution of India. It guarantees civil liberties for Indians to lead their lives in peace and harmony. These includes, equality before law, freedom of speech and expression, and peaceful assembly, freedom to practice religion, and the right to constitutional remedies for the protection of civil rights by means of writs such as habeas corpus, quo-warranto, mandamus, certiorari, and prohibition. Violation of these rights is directly challengeable…

    • 1711 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Fundamental Analysis

    • 988 Words
    • 13 Pages

    Fundamental Analysis Fundamental Analysis  The process of gathering information, organising it into a logical framework and then using it to determine the underlying value of a share. Intrinsic Value  The underlying or inherent value of a stock as determined through fundamental analysis.  The entire concept of stock valuation is based on the belief that all securities possess an intrinsic value that their current market or trading value must approach over time. Intrinsic Value Depends…

    • 988 Words
    • 13 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Fundamental Rights

    • 3928 Words
    • 16 Pages

    1. FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS It is generally accepted that the Constitution comprises rules that regulate the organization and exercise of State power, on the one hand, and the relations between the State and its citizens, on the other. The rules that stipulate and regulate the relations between the State and its citizens and, more generally, the relations between the controlling and the controlled are characterized as public freedoms or fundamental rights or human rights. Fundamental rights determine the…

    • 3928 Words
    • 16 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Fundamental Rights

    • 1137 Words
    • 5 Pages

    the rights that would be specially protected and called them ‘fundamental rights’.These rights are defined in part III of Indian constitution The word fundamental suggests that these rights are so important that the Constitution has separately listed them and made special provisions for their protection. The Fundamental Rights are so important that the Constitution itself ensures that they are not violated by the government Fundamental Rights are different from other rights available to us. While…

    • 1137 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Culinary Fundamentals

    • 17304 Words
    • 70 Pages

    CULINARY FUNDAMENTALS Course Guide (9th Edition Pro-chef references) The materials for this course were developed by the Culinary Fundamentals department of The Culinary Institute of America. Revision Date October 2011 Version Reference 1.2 Copyright © 2011 THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA® All Rights Reserved This manual is published and copyrighted by The Culinary Institute of America. Copying, duplicating, selling or otherwise distributing this product is hereby expressly forbidden…

    • 17304 Words
    • 70 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Better Essays

    Fundamentals of Management

    • 1188 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Running head: FUNDAMENTALS OF MANAGEMENT Fundamentals of Management James E. Lawrence Management: Theory, Practice, and Application July 18, 2005 Fundamentals of Management The greatest asset a company possesses is its personnel. To be successful, every company must build from the top down, ensuring the right individuals are in the right positions. This all starts with management and works down from there. With the right managers performing the fundamentals of management correctly…

    • 1188 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Fundamentals of Macroeconomics Paper ECO/372 Fundamentals of Macroeconomics Paper Part 1 * Gross Domestic Product (GDP)- is the market value of all goods and services within a country in a period of time (Hindsight). * Real GDP- account for changes in the price level, an adjusted measure compared to Nominal GDP. * Nominal GDP- When a GDP figures that has not been adjusted for inflation. * Unemployment Rate- The rate is measure of unemployment citizens by dividing the number…

    • 284 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays