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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Namesake - 915 Words
     Matt. J. Sociology The Namesake A Bengali girl named Ashima partakes in a marriage arranged to Ashoke Ganguli. After the ceremony the new couple left India to move to the United States where Ashoke has started to build a new life. They were going to face the cultural differences together, as one. For Ashima, this was difficult. Her new husband had to earn a living to support the two of them so she often found herself home alone. Not knowing the English language or culture at that...
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  • The Namesake - 524 Words
    The Namesake In the book, The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri, Gogol is the son of Bengali parents, and has many different experiences trying to fit into American culture. At the beginning, Gogol didn’t really care about his name when he was a child. But then in his teenage years all he cared about was being called Nikhil. Towards the end, Gogol starts to praise his name. Gogol was born in North America to Bengali parents. His parents try to keep some of the Indian traditions, although it's...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Belonging - the Namesake - 1027 Words
    ‘An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging.‘ Discuss this with detailed reference to your prescribed text and one other text of your own choosing. An individual’s connection to their family, a culture or place can develop a greater understanding of themselves or can act as a barrier to truly belonging. In the novel, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and Whale Rider, a film directed by Niki Caro, the barriers to belonging are...
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  • Belonging Namesake - 1004 Words
    BELONGING The concept of Belonging is a multi-layered concept, particularly in the novel "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri, the news article "Burqas and Fries" by Erika Hayasaki and the play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare. A person's sense of belonging is determined by the relationships they share with themselves and other people. Whether it's family, friends or society in general, humans have a desire to belong and be an important part of something greater than themselves. The...
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  • The Namesake Summer Reading Essay
     Mr. O’Sullivan APUSH 410 August 11, 2013 The Namesake Life in a new country is extremely difficult. New customs, foods, and an unfamilliar language can make foreign occupancy even harder. Some families are quick to learn and adapt. For others, it may take much longer. In The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, the Ganguli family has a tough time adopting the American lifestyle so many of us are used to. For us it seems unimportant. Many of us work 9 to 5 and come home to eat dinner...
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  • The Namesake Theme of Family - 1549 Words
    José Miguel González Tamayo Sara Gramley IEL October 27 Relationships between Parents and Children “As we age, we become our parents; live long enough and we see faces repeat in time” something that Neil Gaiman, wrote in The Ocean at the End of the Lan. Jhumpa Lahiri in his great novel The Namesake agrees with this, but the relationship between parents and children in the novel "Namesake" is curious because as Gogol grows up and mature he was able to understand the teaching of his parents...
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  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri: A Review
    Belonging is an inevitable human condition which empowers an individual for better or sometimes for worse. An individual’s perceptions of belonging evolve in response to the passage of time and interaction with their world. It is a condition which is portrayed through the novel the Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri, and the cult movie The Breakfast Club directed by John Hughes which encapsulate the struggles and journey’s of both feelings through the passage of time. In the literary text the dynamic...
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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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  • Diasporic sensibility in the Novel, Namesake.
    httpl/ /www.rockpebbles.inlISSNt 2230 - 8954 DIASPORIC SENSIBILITY IN THE NOVEL *THE NAMESAKE"BY ]UMPHA LAHIRI x Prakash Bhadury Abstract: The word 'Diaspora', etymologically means'dispersal', and involves, at least two countries, two cultures, which are embedded in the mind of the migrants, side by side. Although the past is invoked now and then, the focus is persistently on the 'moment'. The past is invoked to indicate a certain contrast, wliich must be incorporated, and...
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  • Style and Techniques in the Novel Namesake
    Working Paper No. 18 Struggle to Acculturate in the Namesake: A Comment on Jhumpa Lahiri's Work as Diaspora Literature! Mahesh Bharatkumar Bhatt GJ!jarat Arts &Science College, Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad Abstract The aim of the paper is to bringforth the wqy in which Jhllmpa Lahiri, a Plllitzer prize winner novelist explores the dilemma of name and immigrant's sense of identity and belongingness in the novel The Namesake. The paper discllsses the term 'diaspora: and their role in the...
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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Cultural Identity in The Namesake - 1761 Words
    Aody Rafati Dr. Jodi Melamed Eng 2010 12/11/2014 Cultural Identity in The Namesake The Namesake illustrates several elements of transition that are common to the stories of immigrant families and their children. As shown in the film, the first generation connects with their cultural identity and roots to a far greater degree and density than their children do. The second generation exists between two realities of culture including their ethnic heritage and the world they live in...
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  • The Namesake Book Report - 1148 Words
    In Juhmpa Lahiri's novel, The Namesake, the reader is thrust into the daily life of Gogol Ganguli. Gogol is a promising young man from a Bengali family, which the reader gets the pleasure of knowing since his birth. Ever since Gogol's childhood all he ever wanted was to find a place where he could truly fit in, whether it be in his own culture, or in the American one in which he lives. During his life, Gogol searches everywhere to find out who he is and where he belongs. During his long search,...
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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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  • The Namesake Clash of Culture - 339 Words
    The thing about The Namesake is not that it is a great movie (although most avid movie-goers will be satisfied), but that it treats universal themes with such clarity that anyone who has been through the experience of leaving one’s land should be able to relate, even if not from India. Directed by Mira Nair and with Kal Penn leading a great cast, the movie follows the lives of an Indian couple coming to New York in the 70s and raising children in this context. I have a number of friends that...
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  • Jhumpa Lahiri: the Namesake
    Our group’s presentation is on Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel, The Namesake, and the movie made after it. The Namesake follows the lives of Gogol Ganguli and his parents, Ashima and Ashok as they find themselves and their culture while living in America. The Namesake allows the reader an inside perspective on Bengali culture. While working on our presentation, I found that I was able to relate to Gogol and his efforts to balance living in America while having a Bengali background. The struggles 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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  • "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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  • 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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  • 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”: 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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  • An essay on the internal conflict of Gogol Ganguli in The Namesake
    To have a cultural identity today is important for a person’s self-esteem and it is equal to having an identity of your own, since it effects a person’s ability to relate to other people. It is something that you grow into, as well as something that you already are. Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake (2004) emphasizes the essence of that. It is being characterized by the protagonist of the book, Gogol Ganguli, a second-generation immigrant that is trying to find his own identity. This paper is build...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
    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? The need to belong to a group or community shapes our behaviour, attitudes and actions. Instinctively we bond with our own or people we may otherwise not have. However, when your cultural identity is...
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  • Identity Crisis - 677 Words
    In Bengali culture, people are given two names, a bhalonam, a given name, also known as a good name, and a dak nam, a nickname used for family and close friends (26). Although Gogol Nikhil Ganguli is a Bengali, he isn’t your average typical one; the whole pet name (Gogol) vs. his good name (Nikhil) sets forth a battle within his mind causing himself to alienate him from those who care about him the most. In The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, the theme of identity crisis gets played a lot throughout...
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  • People Experience a Sense of Belonging in Varied and Complex Ways. How Is This Explored in the Texts You Have Studied?
    Belonging Section III - Essay section People experience a sense of belonging in varied and complex ways. How is this explored in the texts you have studied? Belonging in the sense is a fundamental concept and feeling that is affected by the innate desire for humans to feel accepted in society and in the world around them. It can often be determined by the contexts or relationships formed and the level of connection in which one may feel with another individual or place. The sense of...
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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Three Novel Essay - 1122 Words
    Chantelle Rivera English- Anderson October 22nd, 2014 The Journe The Namesake, The White Tiger, and The Kite Runner all illustrate forgiveness along with redemption in their own ways. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, examines nuances involved being caught up between two conflicting cultures with distinct religious and social differences. Also, it incorporates Gogol, the main character, and his struggles between his Indian heritage and American background. In the novel, The White Tiger written...
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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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  • Compare and Contrast Essay - 906 Words
    November 24, 2013 Professor Lyn Megow English 100.02 Compare and Contrast of the Namesake In The Namesake based on the book and movie by Jhumpa Lahiri, there are several events and scenes that are interpreted differently throughout the film and book. The book is based on Gogol Ganguli, the son of immigrant parents Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli who struggles with his double identity and rebellion towards his family. The movie is quite different with its focus on the parents and their...
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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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  • Belonging Essay - 1150 Words
    The individual’s understanding of belonging is inextricably shaped by significant moments in time, which while not necessarily life-changing events, have a lasting, individual and personal impact. Such a concept of the significance of profound moments in time is echoed in Jhumpa Lahiri’s 2003 novel ‘The Namesake’ and Sean Penn’s 2007 film ‘Into the Wild.’ Both pieces rely upon an authorial manipulation of time, extended metaphor, symbolism and medium-specific techniques to make evident this...
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  • Belonging Essay - 1585 Words
    Section III ‘An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging’ Discuss this view with detailed reference to your prescribed text and ONE other related text of your own choosing. An individual’s perception of Belonging is shaped by their interactions with others and the world around them. Such interaction can provide characters with a misinterpretation of what the prerequisites are for belonging, hence forcing them to...
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  • The Quest for Identity - 1086 Words
    In some point of our lives, we all try to find our identities; try to find a place that we can fit in completely. Most people struggle, some does not. The question of identity is especially difficult for immigrants and their coming generations since they have different cultures and different views. In the novel The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, the main character Gogol struggles with his cultural identity due to the ideological difference between him and his parents on the concept of name....
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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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  • Book Summary, Review and Comparison with the Movie by Mira Nair
    a novel by By- NAME- ISHANI CHATTERJEE CLASS- BJMC 2C ROLL NO.- A2028710087 [BOOK SUMMARY,REVIEW AND COMPARISON WITH THE MOVIE BY MIRA NAIR]...
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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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  • Diasporic Concerns in Jhumpa Lahiri's Works
    Introduction The word ‘Diaspora’ is derived from the Greek word ‘sperio’ which means to sow, to scatter and the preposition ‘dea’ means over. The term was first used in the context of the experiences and predicament of the Jews who were rendered homeless after the Babylonian conquests. The Roman general, Titus, and his army invaded Palestine, laying siege to all the cities and towns there and conquered Jerusalem in A.D 74. An estimated 1,100,000 Jews died in that conquest and...
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  • Belonging: W. H. Auden and Refugee Blues
    Belonging ‘Refugee Blues’ has connections to The Namesake. Both deal with dislocation: Ashok and Ashima on moving from India and Gogol from his Indian background and family. These feelings are common when people make these huge shifts from one country to another or just one city to another. along with belonging being a fundamental need goes the efforts we make to achieve it and the times when people feel alienated or dislocated. So there are two sides to belonging. Ashok and Ashima begin to...
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  • diaspora as gendered in the work of jhumpa lahiri
     Mehrotra 1 Tanvi Mehrotra Term paper Dr. Priya Kumar M.A. English (Final) 21st April, 2014. Diaspora as gendered: Lahiri’s The Namesake and The Interpreter of Maladies In the following paper, I will discuss the issue of Diaspora, particularly the way in which it is linked to identity formation and the concept of home. I will use Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake and The Interpreter of Maladies to explore this idea further. The focus will be on the way in which the experience of...
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