Nikolai Gogol Essays & Research Papers

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  • Gogol vs. Nikhil in the Namesake
    Anna Mantzaris English 1B 08 March 2013 Gogol Versus Nikhil Gogol grapples with his name throughout the majority of the novel, yet this tension was in the makings even before his birth. Ashoke and Ashima being immigrants set Gogol up to live in two different cultures, American and Bengali. Many children of immigrants may feel like Gogol, having one foot in each world. Gogol framed his struggle with cultural identity through something tangible, his name. In Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel, The...
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  • Gogol as the Perfect Namesake - 2109 Words
    Gogol as the Perfect Namesake In Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake, Indian parents bestow a Russian name to their first born baby boy; the name is Gogol Ganguli which is after the famous Russian writer, Nikolai V. Gogol. In Lahiri’s novel, the main character fights an identity crisis because of his highly unusual name. Gogol carries uncertainty about himself throughout the novel because of his name, “He hates his name . . . that is has nothing to do with who he is, that it is neither Indian...
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  • The Nose- Major Kovalev - 641 Words
    Literary Criticism We never know what might happen tomorrow or the future but have you ever thought of losing your nose mysteriously and imagined it coming to reality? Unfortunately, in the surrealist story “The Nose” by Nikolai Gogol, a collegiate assessor named Major Kovalev with an unbounded astonishment discovered that his nose was missing from its natural spot. Major Kovalev was shocked, frightened and sober just like any other person would naturally behave or react about a missing nose....
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  • Overcoat - 1093 Words
    Overcoat For many centuries, social injustice has occurred in society such as inequality between social classes and corrupt government which has affected many people. [Preface] In the text “The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol deals with the theme of social realism in 19th century East-European literature. [Main idea] The author wants to portray the realistic social, political and personal issues that relate to the struggles of class and the outcomes of the society’s...
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  • All Nikolai Gogol Essays

  • Bureaucracy, Corruption & Deception - 1613 Words
    Gogal's famous play about government bureaucracy, coruption and deception. A satirical account of Russion Government and society. "The Inspector" Bureaucracy, Corruption and Deception-- How Gogol using satire, ridicules the bureaucracy of the Russian government through scenes of corruption, deception and self-deception. The Mayor’s famous line, as he turns to address the audience directly, “What are you laughing at? You are laughing at yourselves,” (p. 120) illustrates this theme, which...
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  • The Overcoat Essay - 969 Words
    Joey Fowler Analysis Of “The Overcoat” In Nicolay Gogol’s short story, “The Overcoat”, there are many key points which explain the hardships and struggles of living as a poor citizen in 19th century Russia. The economy was awful and most of the authority figures did not care about what happens to these poor people living in the city. The workers in Russia were treated as filthy slaves and had to go through hard working labor for their landowner. If they wanted to leave or get married, it...
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  • The Overcoat - 663 Words
    “The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol The story “The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol is about Akakii Akakievich and his simple job of copying papers for a department. Akakii led a very simple life and not many people would talk to him or even pay him much attention. However, his life changes when he purchases a new overcoat. This overcoat gave Akakii the motivation and confidence he needed to get out into the world. Even before Akakii’s coat was made, it still had a positive influence on him. He needed...
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  • The Namesake Movie and Book - 660 Words
    Julia Golubenko Mrs. Greenfield Close Reading and Critical Writing November 13, 2007 The movie Namesake was a fairly good depiction of the book. As a movie, apart from the book, it was good. The characters played their role well, emotional scenes were shown, and the point of the movie was easy to see. The problems that I had with the movie, was the fact that they cut out Gogol’s whole college life and Ruth, his first girlfriend. This was taking out a huge part of his life, where Gogol actually...
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  • Dead Souls-Review - 18401 Words
    Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol Online Information For the online version of BookRags' Dead Souls Premium Study Guide, including complete copyright information, please visit: http://www.bookrags.com/studyguide-dead-souls/ Copyright Information ©2000-2007 BookRags, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. The following sections of this BookRags Premium Study Guide is offprint from Gale's For Students Series: Presenting Analysis, Context, and Criticism on Commonly Studied Works: Introduction, Author...
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  • The Overcoat - 13604 Words
    The Overcoat By Nikolai Gogol © 2002 by HorrorMasters.com In the department of. . . but I had better not mention in what department. There is nothing in the world more readily moved to wrath than a department, a regiment, a government office, and in fact any sort of official body. Nowadays every private individual considers all society insulted in his person. I have been told that very lately a petition was handed in from a police captain of what town I don’t recollect, and that in this...
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  • The Dynamics of Identity and Insanity in "The Accidental Death of an Anarchist" and "The Government Inspector"
    In the plays "The Accidental Death of an Anarchist" written by Dario Fo, and "The Government Inspector", written by Nikolai Gogol, ‘identity' and ‘insanity' play vital roles. The Maniac, who is the protagonist of "The Accidental Death of An Anarchist", is seen changing his identity throughout the play, pretending to be various other people. Khlestakov, the protagonist of "The Government Inspector" lands in the position of being an inspector by chance, and throughout the play he thoroughly...
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  • Sybolism of "The Overcoat" - 576 Words
    Symbolism- a literary device used frequently to contribute to the complexity of a work. In "The Overcoat", by Nikolay Gogol, uses symbolism throughout this entire work. He uses the old dressing gown to represent his old life, and the new overcoat to represent his new life. The symbols affect the plot and the characters. The old dressing gown represents his old life. It is plain as is Akaky Akakievich. He never does anything even halfway exciting. Most of the time he sits around copying...
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  • The Nose and Metamorphosis - 483 Words
    In the novels, “The Nose”, and The Metamorphosis Gogol, and Kafka demonstrates how identity does not depend on what society depicts you to be, it’s whatever you (as a sole proprietor of your life) decide what and who you are, they both portray this idea by transforming their protagonists into what society sought them to be, to see how they would react. In response to this idealistic concept the authors use their protagonists to convey this “Hidden” concept by putting them through a situation in...
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  • Analysis of Gogol's 'the Overcoat'
    “The Overcoat”and Slavic Folk Beliefs In the nineteenth century, much of Eastern Europe had a fascination with Slavic folk beliefs. During this time, people questioned the existence of mythological creatures, especially those which were believed to be somewhere between dead and alive(3). The word “vampire” was introduced in to the Slavic languages in the late eighteenth century and the term “unclean forces” began to be widely recognized by nineteenth century Russian peasants (1). References...
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  • Analyzing The Namesake: Until Death Do Us Part?
    English 3A October 20, 2012 Until Death Do Us Part? At the start of Gogol and Moushumi’s marriage, as the reader you’d think they are a match made in heaven. In the beginning they are in a particular phase called “The Cupcake Phase”. Like the quote “All good things come to an end”, their marriage started out all “lovey dovey” but ended horribly. Their marriage failed because of a lack of understanding for each other's...
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  • "The Namesake" Film Commentary
    Beige Pascua THEA 32 “The Namesake” The Namesake is a film that has both visible and invisible sounds. The different sounds are used to portray different emotions in the film. In the beginning of the film we see Gogol’s father on a train when all of a sudden we hear the train screech but we do not see the actual action of the train getting into a wreck. This is what we call invisible sound, when you can hear a sound but not see the origin of where the sound is coming from. We also hear...
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  • Namesake Journal - 588 Words
    Journal #1 The Namesake begins with Ashima cooking in the kitchen when she starts having contractions; Ashima and her husband Ashok take a taxi to the hospital to deliver the baby. Ashok has to leave his wife surrounded by nurses so he could go to work. A nice nurse named Patty brought her lunch and took her on a walk around the hospital to help with the pregnancy. This walk reminded Ashima of the day she and Ashok were introduced by their parents. She remembers slipping her feet into his...
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  • The Language of the Government Inspector - 1806 Words
    Paper2 Prompt1 The Language of The Government Inspector Nikolay Gogol’s The Government Inspector does not simply exist to please the audience; it is a satire that deeply criticizes the corruption of the Russian government and the ugliness of human nature. A variety of techniques in the characters’ languages contribute to the success of this play, including different speaking styles, irony, exaggeration, asides and symbolism. These linguistic techniques and dramatic devices Gogol uses allow...
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  • namesake - 2751 Words
    Chapter 7 A. General Understanding How does Ashima learn of her husband's death? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Why does Gogol go to Cleveland? What does he do there?...
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  • A Comparison of Tales - 1342 Words
    Compare Nikolai Gogol’s “The Overcoat” with the other St. Petersburg tales. Nikolai Gogol’s St. Petersburg stories have been interpreted as tales of social injustice, urban and human isolation, psychological studies, love stories, moralistic fables and social satires. In keeping with emerging trends of “naturalistic” writing, the stories deal with relatively lowly members of the social strata in the Petersburg bureaucracy – the everyman. This essay will compare “The Overcoat” with “Diary of a...
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  • The Overcoat - 3647 Words
    Meanings and Indeterminacy in Gogol's "The Overcoat" Author(s): Victor Brombert Reviewed work(s): Source: Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 135, No. 4 (Dec., 1991), pp. 569-575 Published by: American Philosophical Society Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/986817 . Accessed: 25/01/2012 04:09 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp JSTOR is a...
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  • work - 542 Words
    FINAL ASSIGNMENT – ENG 427 – SPRING 2012 Due Date: MONDAY DECEMBER 17 BY 5PM IN MY OFFICE (JFT 414) NOTE: This assignment is a two-part project. You are going to submit a rough draft of your paper to me in class on Monday, December 3. Detailed instructions for the Rough Draft are available in the Assignments section of BB. Please write a comprehensive MINIMUM SIX (6) to EIGHT (8) page essay analyzing and interpreting IN DETAIL a text of your choosing (short story, novel, poetry,...
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  • “the Namesake”: the Greatest Journeys Are the Ones That Bring You Home”
    Assignment: “The Namesake”: The Greatest Journeys Are the Ones that Bring You Home” The film “Namesake” that we viewed in class depicts the story of two young newlywed Indian immigrants who moved from Calcutta, India to settle in the United States of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Initially, the story begins to pick up pace when their son Gogol & his little sister Sonia is...
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  • Sociology - the Namesake (a Movie by Nira Mair 2007)- Does Culture Affect Behavior
    Sociology 201 Does Culture Affect Identity and Behavior? A Movie-Thesis Based on the Movie: The Namesake by Mira Nair (2007) Based on the Novel By Jhumpa Lahiri Does culture affect identity and behavior? The Namesake is the story of Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli from their traditional arranged marriage in Calcutta, India, to their immigrant life in America and the family they raised in the suburbs of New York. The film explores cultural identity and tends to reflect at key turning...
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  • Under The Overcoat - 794 Words
     Under The Overcoat The story, “The Overcoat”, shows how the main character gets attached to an item physically and emotionally. Throughout the story, problems relating to class and longing for objects are portrayed in the story. Akaky, the main protagonist of the story, showed many of his problems such as class and his longing for his stolen overcoat. The overcoat is: the personification of Akaky, the materialization of his class status and an agent of change. The overcoat is related to...
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  • Akaky Akakievich and the Tragedy of the Overcoat
    Byron Chicklis Akaky Akakievich and the Tragedy of The Overcoat The hero of “The Overcoat”, Akaky Akakievich, engenders both hatred and pity from the reader. His meekness and his pathetic life deserve sympathy, while his utter detachment from his peers and his singular obsession with a coat are often despised. He is drastically different from any of his peers, but there is a certain purity in his way of life which the overcoat defiles. Akaky’s world is completely devoid of any excitement;...
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  • The Namesake - 1366 Words
    Tommy Tran English 4 1/6/14 The Namesake Jump Lahiri used woman as a literary device, “foil”, in her novel The Namesake to help contrast with the protagonist, Nikhil “Gogol” Ganguli in order to shape his identity. There were quite a few women that came and went through Gogol’s life span in the novel but three essential women were his mother, a woman by the name Maxine, and his first wife, Moushumi. The literary device that is being used allows the women to either be completely different,...
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  • The Namesake Chapters 3-4
    Part I: Literature Circles Discussion Worksheet #2 (The Namesake, pp. 47-96) • List three questions regarding identity issue(s) that the characters in The Namesake encounter and share one thought-provoking question in your group discussion. Why Gogol’s family decide to go to Calcutta for 8 months? Is Ashima happy with her life now? Will Gogol see Kim again? • Choose one character and share an observation you have about his/her actions, words, thoughts, personality,...
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  • The Namesake - 1306 Words
    Cultural traditions, migration, family and identity are issues which emerge throughout the novel The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. How have various literary techniques been used to show that these issues play a major role in an individual experiencing a sense of belonging or not belonging. It is evident that a number of issues can greatly affect a person’s sense of belonging in particular personal experiences and cultural background. Throughout Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake a number of...
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  • Literary Criticism of The Namesake - 8092 Words
    Gogol's Namesake: Identity and Relationships in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake Author: Judith Caesar Allusions to Nikolai V. Gogol and his short story "The Overcoat" permeate Jhumpa Lahiri's novel The Namesake, beginning with Gogol's being the name the protagonist is called through most of the book. Yet few of the reviewers of the novel mentioned Nikolai Gogol at all in their discussions of the novel, except to describe the protagonist Gogol's loathing of his name, or to quote without...
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  • Jhumpa Lahiri's Writing Style in "The Namesake"
    Lahiri’s Writing Style Having read Lahiri’s novel, The Namesake, it is apparent that she occasionally adopts a particular writing style, by which she projects thoughts into future. In other words, there are numerous examples in the book, where Lahiri chooses to ‘give away’ to the reader additional information about the characters which refers to their future situation and will either appear later in the book, or will never be mentioned again. Projecting thoughts into future is a...
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  • The Namesake - 457 Words
    Why is naming so important? • For Gogol, his name is a source of embarrassment and for his father it is more of salvation • His name is the start of his family traditions, but he eventually does not follow any of the traditions Does your name identify who you are? • A person’s name is an identifier and may end up being more than just a name • A name may connect with something else (like naming after a grandparent to represent them) – Gogol’s name represents his father’s close to death...
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  • Marriage 3 - 1398 Words
     Paul Rubio Professor Muñoz English 028 3 April 2015 It Takes More than Commitment and Sacrifice to Make a Happy Marriage Commitment and sacrifice in a marriage are not always enough to keep a marriage happy and healthy. “Compromise in marriage is essential to maintain a happy and healthy relationship. Without compromise, one spouse will generally feel subjugated, and may grow bitter of his or her partner.” Jenny Franchot. Her quotation states that a good...
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  • The Namesake Identity - 1773 Words
    ENG 101 Professor Fisher 04/26/12 Space & Identity The story The Namesake, which was quickly made into a movie, consists of challenges that every character faces through their surroundings and their ability to adapt unto change. Each character in The Namesake obtains challenges from inhabiting or the desire to inhabit spaces, which define them by how they react to these situations. This paper will describe the characters actions and identities and their surroundings unto change as...
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  • Namesake: Different Cultures - 590 Words
    The Namesake The movie The Namesake explored many issues with regards to culture and the relationships in which we create within different cultures. Throughout the movie issues with parents, partners, different cultures and death all play a key role in purveying the messages the director wanted to get across. When the Ganguli family has to move from India to New York we see how relationships change and how Ashima has to change in order to adapt to the American lifestyle. Gogol who is...
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  • The reason why Robert frost provided is interesting
    The reason why Robert frost provided is interesting is that there existed certain discrepancies between the way his audiences perceived his lectures and the way his poetry actually thinks and should be understood. Robert frost won the popular poetry prizes four times for his lifetime. It is very outstanding feature as a poet. There are several reasons why he won the prize four times. The audience saw that Robert frost had very recognizable, gentle personality. Robert frost also used New...
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  • Heating the World Essay Attempt
    Introduction: The community considered Tucker very fortunate for his marriage, and so did Tucker, nevertheless he had no knowledge of modern women and the marriage had bought changes he had not predicted. This is a statement made early in the short story “Heating the world” written by Owen Marshall. This story is set in a rural Northern area of the South Island. The story is a fiction piece classified under social genre, it is also written in third person, so it is narrated from an on-lookers...
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  • Namesake Dissertation - 2349 Words
    Introduction In The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri provides an account of the Ganguli family, an Indian American family of educated, middle-class Bengali immigrants. Torn between two cultures and two worlds, the Ganguli's live in Suburban Massachusetts. Ashoke and Ashimi Ganguli have two children, Gogol and Sonia. The caste system in India impacts the lives of Ashoke and Ashimi, whose marriage is arranged, but in suburban Massachusetts such distinctions are undermined through the common ties of...
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  • Jhumpa Lahiri - 4421 Words
    www.the-criterion.com The Criterion: An International Journal in English ISSN-0976-8165 The Treatment of Immigrant Experience in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Name Sake D.Ebina Cordelia Assistant Professor in English Holy Cross College,Tiruchirappalli Tamilnadu. Indian writing in English is one of the voices in which India speaks. It spreads the traditional and cultural heritage of India within India and also introduces it to the whole world. It is Indian in sensibility, thought, feeling and...
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  • Essay The Namesake Outlines - 975 Words
    Jaymie Gagui Kerber October 3, 2014 1st period 2003, Form B Outline Cultural collisions can draw attention to characters as they struggle between their personal cultural identity. These collisions often cause an individual to question who they are. In Jhumpa Lahiri’s ​ The Namesake​ , the author explores how cultural collision can affect a specific character: Gogol. Lahiri demonstrates the theme of finding one’s identity by ...
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  • The Characters of Hermann, Akaky Akakyevich, and the Underground Man and Their Conflict with the World Around Them
    The Characters of Hermann, Akaky Akakyevich, and the Underground Man and their conflict with the world around them In the present paper I plan to analyze the characters of Hermann from Alexander Pushkin's "Queen of Spades", Akaky Akakyevich from Nocolai Gogol's "The Overcoat", and the Underground Man from Dostoevsky's "Notes From the Underground". The characters will be looked at from the perspective of a conflict each of them has with their surrounding reality. Alexander Sergeevich...
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  • The Namesake - 507 Words
    Rachel Wallace English III 2nd Period Mrs. Kaplan The Namesake The Namesake, written by Jhumpa Lahiri, has been dubbed one of The New York Times Bestellers and a follow-up of Lahiri’s Pulitzer Prize debut, Interpreter of Maladies. Lahiri’s specific style towards Gogol’s life makes it easy for an audience to understand the troubles of being raised in an Indian household surrounded by an American society. However, would The Namesake still be on The New York Times Bestseller...
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  • Gogol's Namesake - 1878 Words
    Immigrants moving to the United States are faced with the pressing question of whether or not to assimilate into American culture. Many of those involved in diasporic situations feel that adapting to the social norms of their new surroundings is an act of betraying their roots in which their heritage and all preexisting traditions will be lost. Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake highlights this struggle through the eyes of the Ganguli family. The novel ultimately shows us that one can...
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  • MPEAK The Namesake Literary Thesis
    Peak 1 Melodie Peak Ms.Fallon English 12 November 14, 2014 The Namesake Literary Thesis Lahiri on The Namesake “America is a real presence in the book; the characters must struggle to come to terms with what it means to live here, to be brought up here to belong and not belong here.” There has always been a great struggle for immigrants to find a cultural balance. To assimilate into another society takes a great deal of patience, ...
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  • Namesake Summary - 347 Words
    The Ganguli family in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake has a problem. The mother and father are traditional Bengalese from Calcutta, and they are not particularly interested in assimilating into the United States, their adopted home. Gogol, their son, however, was born in the United States and is somewhat embarrassed by his parents Bengalese practices. Gogol is also uncomfortable with his name. It is neither a Bengalese nor an American name. No one he knows has a name like his. In school, kids make...
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  • Significant Moments in Time Shape an Understanding of Belonging
    Significant moments in time shape an understanding of belonging Explore how this is evident in ‘The Namesake’ and ‘All quiet on the Western Front’ There are times in individual’s lives when sudden realisations may alter their perception of themselves and their place in the world. The place, context and setting in significant moments in time throughout individual’s lives cause such realisations occur. This can be seen in both the novels “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri and “All Quiet on the...
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  • Belonging Is the Cornerstone - 545 Words
    ‘Belonging is the cornerstone to finding identity in an individual’. To what extent is this true of your prescribed text and related texts? To a large extent, belonging is the foundation to discovery of identity to an individual. Belonging can be shown to be a part of something and needs a foundation to build up on. A sense of belonging is shown through different experiences and moments which can be part of the belonging process. In Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake, Gogol slowly develops a...
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  • Footnotes to Youth Reaction Paper
    Footnote to Youth By: Jose Garcia Villa Reaction Paper Submitted To: Ma’am Emelita B. Matalog Submitted By: Yr. & Section: Footnote to Youth by Jose Garcia Villa is a short story and as well as, the title of a short story collection published in 1933. Villa was a Filipino poet, critic, painter and short story writer born in 1908. Villa, along with other writers, belonged to a group called "artsakists", who believed that art should only be made for art's sake. Footnote to Youth is a...
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  • Belonging- ‘an Individual's Interaction with Others and the World Around Them Can Enrich or Limit Their Experience of Belonging’
    Social interaction is an essential part of any relationship; it is the determining factor for one’s perceptions of the society around them and their own identity. Relationships are initially built upon mutual interests and acceptance and this is closely linked with one’s innate desire to be able to affiliate with a group or another individual. Both these ideas are explored in the ‘Namesake’ by Jhumpa Lahiri and the picture book: ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan. Lahiri explores the importance of...
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  • Jhumpa Lahiri's the Namesake Speech
    Claude Levi-Strauss once said ‘being human signifies, for each of us, belonging to a class, a society, a country, a continent and a civilization.’ Belonging is a human desire of being accepted with people or places. In Jhumpa Lahiri’s story, The Namesake, the story follows the Ganguli family from their traditional Indian life in Calcutta through their uneasy transformation into America. This family is strewn with opposing fidelities and the underlying concept of the difficulties of cultural...
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  • Namesake - 621 Words
    Lahiri divulges various facets of Ashima’s character, and also shows her strengths and weaknesses, in her book, The Namesake. Lahiri is telling her readers that the role of Ashima in the Indian culture is to get married, but not boy choice, bear a child, and to take care of the child while her husband provides the funds. Lahiri is also trying to get the readers to understand that Ashima’s life in America is a whole different lifestyle than her life in he home country. Coming from India to...
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  • Generations Gap - 422 Words
    Lutcenko I. Generations conflict: a myth or a reality? The problem of generation gap is literally everlasting. There is a huge number of examples in history, literature and art proving this conflict to be dramatic and poignant whenever. They are Taras Bulba and his sons from "Taras Bulba" by Gogol, Bazarov and Kirsanov from "Fathers and Sons" by Turgenev in literature. A famous picture "Ivan The Terrible Kills His Son" illustrates how terrible generations conflict can be. A very remarkable...
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  • Kate Chopin and "The Story of an Hour"
    ENG 125 Introduction to Literature Understanding Literary Themes Literary elements support and develop the themes in all works of fine literature. The short story “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is a work delicately woven together with different literary elements including symbolism, character, and point of view that contribute to the theme of the story, which is a study of individuality conflicting with oppression....
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  • Regret by Kate Chopin Essay
    Jennifer Tressler Regret by Kate Chopin In the short story "Regret" by Kate Chopin, a woman named Mamzelle Aurelie has to watch a neighbor's four children for two weeks. Mamzelle is an old and lonely woman who never believed in love or marriage. She has never had a man, nor been married, and lives alone on her farm with some animals. She also has African Americans, or "negroes", who work around her house for maintenance. Because of a dangerous illness that her mother acquired, the younger...
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  • A Madman's Diary - 1205 Words
    Introduction "A Madman’s Diary" is China's first modern short story. The author Lu Xun has been well respected and regarded as one of the most well-known political figures in China (Goldman 446-461). Lu Xun has been praised as the warrior against traditional culture and feudal system. Unique narrative structure "A Madman’s Diary" is very special in its narrative structure. Its setup is very different from the traditional narration in that it avoids the use of classical Chinese....
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  • Caught Between Two Worlds: the Search for Cultural Identity in Lahiri's the Namesake
    Caught between Two Worlds: The Search for Cultural Identity in Lahiri’s The Namesake Titien Diah Soelistyarini Abstract The question of identity is always a difficult one for those living in one culture, yet belonging to another. This question frequently lingers in the mind of most immigrants, especially the second generations who were born in a country other than their parents’ motherland. They feel culturally displaced as they are simultaneously living in two cultures. On the one...
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  • how to tell a true war story
    Justina Ferrante Professor Helff WRT 201-048 October 7th, 2013 “How to Tell a True War Story” In the short story, “How to Tell a True War Story,” the implicit problem that is created about the story by its first line, “this is true,” is that the readers may think the line is sarcasm and not believe the information being said. The readers will question if the story is true or not. Throughout the story the narrator says how many war stories are not true so I do not know what to believe. The...
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  • An Analysis of Gogol's Short Story, The Overcoat
    "The Overcoat" tells the story of Akaky Akakyevich, an impoverished government clerk who lives a solitary life. One day he realizes that his winter overcoat has become worn out. He takes it to the tailor to be mended but is told that it cannot be repaired and that he will have to have a new one made. Akaky undergoes extreme deprivation in order to save money for a new overcoat. In the process, the coat begins to take a central role in his life and he begins to view the garment as the key to his...
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  • Comparative Cultural Studies: Forming, Deforming and Reforming of Identity in the Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
    In the age of globalisation, the issues of diaspora, transnationalism, cultural mongrelization, hybridity, identity crisis continuously enrich the diasporic literatures of the twenty first century. Topographical shifting, cultural transaction, multiculturalism, fluid identity forms a complex framework in the field of global migration. Apart from these, the concept of root, home, nostalgia, memory, alienation, hybrid identity are interlinked with the diasporic phenomenon. According to the various...
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  • "The Joke" by Roddy Doyle - Analysis
    Analysis: The Joke “If he went now he’d never come back. He’d go and she wouldn’t know, or care. He’d come back and the same thing: she wouldn’t care.” These lines from “The Joke” written by Robby Doyle clearly set the tone of the short story concerning the narrator’s frustrations about his 26-year-old relationship. The lines also hint the main themes, which are the slow decay of a marriage, and the importance of communication. These themes are confirmed throughout the text. The story is told...
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  • Kate Chopin's the Story of an Hour
    Louise Mallard’s Power Hour Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” is a short story that speaks wonders in its one thousand words. The unique reaction of Chopin’s character, Louise Mallard, to her husband’s supposed death and her resulting death upon seeing him walk through the door allows for various interpretations to be made by readers. Through the events and thoughts of Louise embodied in the story, Chopin implies the oppression and lack of independence in Louise’s marriage and the joyful...
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  • The Namesake Review; Transnational Migrants and the Hybrid Cultural Phenomena
    THE NAMESAKE REVIEW TRANSNATIONAL MIGRANTS AND THE HYBRID CULTURAL PHENOMENA PREFACE The namesake is a touching story narrating the life of an Indian couple that migrated to the United States during the last 25 years of the 20th century. I was inspired by the profound and warm touch of how the author deliberately telling story. The beautiful language and the thoughtful phrases the author used in weaving the efforts of the immigrants, the happiness they try to build in their new living...
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  • Reflection of Appendix on Carmen - 1154 Words
    REFLECTION OF APPENDIX ON CARMEN In this essay, I will discuss how Prosper Merimee’s mode of thought in appendix is reflected and the way the characters are demonstrated according to appendix in “Carmen”. The final chapter of the story “Carmen”, which is about the history, life style, Romany language, exclusive relationship manners and physical characteristics of the race called Gypsies, is added later to the story depending upon the point of view of the narrator. Thus, an ethnographic...
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  • The Namesake Quotes - 1484 Words
    “On a sticky August evening two weeks before her due date, Ashima Ganguli stands in the of a Central Square apartment, combining Rice Krispies and Planters peanuts and chopped red onion in a bowl. She adds salt, lemon juice, thin slices of green chili pepper, whishing there were mustard oil to add to the mix.” p. 1 ⇒ “Like a kiss or a caress in a Hindi movie, a husband’s name is something intimate and therefore unspoken, cleverly patched over.” p. 2 ⇒ “Do yourself a favor. Before it’s...
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  • Belonging quotes - 485 Words
    Quote 1 They've learned their lesson after Gogol. They've learned that schools in America will ignore parents' instructions and register a child under his pet name. The only way to avoid such confusion, they have concluded, is to do away with the pet name altogether, as many of their Bengali friends have done. (3.56) Poor Gogol. As the first born, he's the guinea pig for Ashoke and Ashima. The lessons they learn from raising him prepare them for the challenges of raising their second child,...
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  • Belonging: The Intricate Mix of Social Relationships and Individual Identity
    “Belonging in texts is designed to highlight the intricate mix of social relationships and individual identity.” Discuss. In your answer you must refer to your prescribed text and one text of your own choosing. The notion of belonging is complex and often ambivalent. Developing an intricate mix of social relationships with others can provide positive and moderating influences. On the other hand an individual also needs the personal space which allows for self reflection and the nurture of...
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  • Compare My Mother and Father
    We always think that for a happy marriage, the two people should share many similarities. My parents have been married for twenty years and they have a happy, stable marriage. However, people always curious about how they can hardly have a quarrel for they are two very different people. Their differences in physical appearance, view towards life as well as personalities are so obvious that even a stranger can see it. My mother and father are Portuguese. But, their facial bone, body size and...
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  • Fathers and sons - 1063 Words
    Literature 151 Professor John Joseph McCann Pride, a quality or a flaw? Pride has raised some into great happiness, but has also sunk others in failure and despair. In the novel “Fathers and Sons” by Ivan Turgenev, is indeed pride that makes the conflict arise. Where a Nihilistic graduate is exposed to a traditional but constantly changing alien society he is not willing to accept. Bazarov discovers that his pride was his biggest determination, as well as his biggest obstacle. Ultimately...
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  • Summary/Book Report on the short story, "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov.
    The Bet. Hypothetically speaking, you have to choose between spending the rest of your life in solitary confinement or death. Which do you choose? Anton Chekhov presents the pros and cons of both options in his short story, The Bet. In this story, two men make a bet, both staking rather important things. The banker stakes his millions while the lawyer stakes his freedom. This is done to determine whether death or solitary confinement is more humane. At the commencement of the story, the...
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  • Essay B - 978 Words
    BELONGING ESSAY- THE NAMESAKE AND HOMELAND “Understanding nourishes belonging. A lack of understanding prevents it”. An individual desires to belong but there are obstacles and difficulties in achieving this sense of belonging. One of these main barriers is a lack of understanding of belonging. This is portrayed inThe Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri, where Ashima’s lack of understanding of culture and place causing isolation and prevents her from belonging in America. Furthermore, understanding...
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  • Colette Sidonie-Gabrielle "The Hand"
    The Hand By Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette When it comes to marriage and what it stands for, the short story “The Hand” written by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette is a complete mockery. It symbolizes anything but what love and marriage should reflect. The young wife, clearly the protagonist, seemed to have found disgust with the antagonist, “the hand” of her husband. The young woman and older man with more power and experience seemed to set a stage of disaster. Marriage should be between two people bound...
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  • The Namesake and Bend it Like Beckham Belonging essay
    My two texts are “The Namesake” and “Bend it like Beckham”. Our prescribed text, Jhumpa Lahiris “The Namesake” explores the link to belonging in detail. The emphasis is on Gogol Ganguli. Gogol struggles with a sense of belonging to his family and his Bengali culture and heritage throughout his life in the course of the novel. Born and raised in the U.S., while his parents spent their entire life in India following Bengali culture and practices and moved on to America as young adults. Gogol must...
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  • cultural identity in Jhumpa Lahari's THE NAMESAKE
     THEIVANAI AMMAL COLLEGE FOR WOMEN Cultural Identity In Jhumpa Lahiri’s THE NAMESAKE Jhumpa Lahiri, the author of The Namesake, was born in London, the daughter of Indian immigrants from the state of West Bengal. Her family moved to the United States when she was three. Lahiri grew up in Kingston, Rhode Island, where her father Amar Lahiri works as a librarian at the University of Rhode Island. When she began kindergarten in Kingston, Rhode Island, Lahiri's teacher...
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  • Not a Nincompoop? - 750 Words
    NOT A NINCOMPOOP? A look at “A Nincompoop” by Anton Chekhov In day-to-day life, there are often incidents or even common behaviours demonstrated by some that lead others to believe that the person is a nincompoop. Some of those who have been called a Nincompoop possess certain characteristics that a typical Nincompoop exhibits. However, the previous statement does not apply to Anton Chekhov’s real nincompoop in the short story “A Nincompoop.” This short story deals with an employer teaching...
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  • Story of An Hour Essay - 562 Words
    Adrian Taveras October 16, 2014 ELA/Mr. W The Story of an Hour Essay In the short story “The Story of An Hour” by Kate Chopin, the protagonist of the story, Laurie Mallard is freed from the imprisonment of her marriage. Laurie is imprisoned in three ways, first by her marriage to Brently, who seems to have a terrible relationship with her. Then by her heart trouble, which is caused by her marriage. Lastly she is imprisoned inside her home as a housewife. Due to her...
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  • The Story of an Hour: A Biographical Analysis
     The Story of an Hour: A Biographical Analysis Christina M. Salvador ENG125: Introduction to Literature Instructor: Loretta Crosson February 17, 2014 The Story of an Hour The Story of an Hour; is this a story of transformation and final freedom from a male oppressor? This paper submits a biographical analysis of the short story written by Kate Chopin and finds that The Story of an Hour is the chronicle of the life of Mrs. Chopin and perhaps a cathartic release of...
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  • Stanislavski Biography - 622 Words
    Family background: Stanislavski had a privileged youth, growing up in one of the richest families in Russia, the Alekseyevs.[4] He was born Constantin Sergeyevich Alexeyev – "Stanislavski" was a stage name that he adopted in 1884 in order to keep his performance activities secret from his parents.[5] The prospect of becoming a professional actor was taboo for someone of his social class; actors had an even lower social status in Russia than in the rest of Europe, having only recently been serfs...
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  • Diasporic Narrative in Jhumpa Lahiri
    Thakur Ankita Project In English I 13 October 2014 Diasporic Narrative in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake Abstract Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake predominantly involves the collision between the two cultures American and Bengali. It not only determines the clash between the different generations but also vivid ideologies affecting the lives of middle class family and especially the life of Gogol. Jhumpa Lahiri tries her best to portray the lifestyle of a very simple Bengali Family residing in...
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  • Belonging Speech - 1681 Words
    Belonging Speech Belonging is having a feeling of connectedness, or acceptance to other people, places or groups. This enables us to create a sense of identity for ourselves and helps us feel as though we ‘fit in’. In the following texts; Novel, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, film, Bend it Like Beckham by Gurinder Chadha and the song, Teenagers by My Chemical Romance; we can see links between the texts and how the characters feel a sense of belonging and not belonging. In the first text...
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