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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

something, it is when you are emotionally acting upon a ‘hinch’ that your brain gives you. When a character is given the title of ‘main character’ it is because the story is mainly about that character and their lifestyle. In the book “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” Changez, the main character is often known as an outsider and feeling out of place because of not only his Pakistani background but also because of his personality and way of living. Though he is often called as an outsider, in the book...

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Questions around the themes Fundamentalism Is Changez a Religious (Islamic) fundamentalist, or does he become one in his rejection of American society? Is Hamid implying that America is guilty of economic and political fundamentalism? Is Changez rejecting the ‘fundamentals’ of Underwood Sampson- maximum profit etc? Nostalgia When does nostalgia become destructive? Changez compares nostalgia to crack cocaine- How powerful is it really? And to whom? Identity What is the relationship between personal...

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist: Book Analysis

analysis of the two diverse novels- Don DeLillo’sFalling Man (2007) and Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) will help to explore the ideas and misconceptions that rule us at a personal level which in turn contributes to our public outlook. Post the 9/11 attacks, there has been a dramatic change in the way the world views the Muslims, the “perpetrators”, and Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist perfectly captures the transition of New York after the attacks. Falling Man on the other...

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The Rulctant Fundamentalist

In the Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid, suggests that the personal and the political cannot easily be separated. His main character, Changez, does embark on a personal journey but it is one that is closely connected to his gradual understanding of his cultural identity as a Pakistani. In the course of this journey, he also discovers that there is considerable space between the way things appear and reality. This is recognized in his personal relationships as well as in his response to his...

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Essay On The Reluctant Fundamentalist

the entire nation. This resulted in many Muslims becoming victims of “public suspicion and surveillance, sweeping governments actions, hate crimes and harassment” . Six years after the events of 9/11, Mohsin Hamid published his novel “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, which describes the influence of these terrorist attacks had on the life of a Pakistani successfully living and working in the U.S.. Changez, the protagonist of the story, faces an identity crisis set off by the aftermath of September 11th...

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Changes in Changez

definitively recognizable or known is their identity. A person’s behavior, his/her background, the inevitable bits and pieces of his/her nature and history sown together make him/her who he/she are. Changez is the protagonist of the Novel “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by Mohsin Hamid. His character is complex and diverse from the rest. It is volatile and his perspective of his identity is irresolute. By this I mean that his understanding of who he is constantly being altered through the course of the...

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist Notes

Chapter 1! 1. Changez claim’s that he is American as he has short cropped hair, expansive chest which are typical for americans and because of his ‘bearings’. ! ! 2. “I have access to this beautiful campus, I thought, to professor who are titans in their fields and fellow students who are philosopher-kings in the making.”! “Princeton made everything possible for me. But it did not, could now, make forget such things as how i enjoy the tea in this, the city of my birth, steeped long enough...

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist Analysis

setting up of this hegemonic force is calculated so judiciously, that it seems justified in itself. Thus, this force hovers around the globe today and influenced every individual from every society. Nevertheless, in this novella, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, we shall also looks at how the protagonist, biologically a Pakistani guy, is being trapped in the web of hegemonic influence of America. The protagonist of the novel, Changez, has a very common view as that of the masses about the West,...

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist Impressions

19 April 2011 The Reluctant Fundamentalist Journal Entries (Pages 1-50) After reading for a few pages, it seemed almost as if the main character of the book, Changez, implicates the reader (us) as the person who he is talking to, and I thought that was a unique aspect of this book, unlike many other books. The American man that Changez is actually speaking to, I thought it was very strange how he was wearing a full suit, especially in a place like Lahore where the weather is extremely humid...

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Chapter 5 The Reluctant Fundamentalist notes

Chapter 5: The Reluctant Fundamentalist Homework Why is the interaction with the hostile driver in Manila significant? This interaction is significant because it is the first time that Changez sees himself as the rich, stuck-up, corporate American working man rather than a Pakistani in another country. It is due to the look of disgust he sees in the eyes of the driver that he realizes who he has become. He even tells people, upon being asked where he is from, that he is from New York, despite...

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