Analysis Of Mohsin Hamid 's The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist provides an insight of the September 11th terrorist attacks on America and America’s reaction from the view of a man, Changez, who is Pakistani but living in America. His view of America is represented through the character of Erica who embodies both the most positive and the most negative aspects of American pre- and post-9/11. Her acceptance of Changez is overwhelming at first, embracing and reveling in his diversity. Yet, after the attacks, she is unable to forget her relationship with her deceased boyfriend, Chris, turning away from those around her into isolation. This overwhelming nostalgia proves to be Erica’s demise. This paper will assert that much like Erica, America suffered from its’ own nostalgia after the events on 9/11. Changing from a time of embraced multiculturalism, America longs to return to a simpler, more Christian time. At times this means isolating itself from the world as it clings to American exceptionalism. Its own isolation and nostalgia proves destructive to its beauty and light. Still, I will further argue that not just America’s nostalgia is problematic. The narrator himself clings to the past greatness of Pakistan, one that makes him bitter and resentful about international relations today. Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist explores the ways in which America became nostalgic in the 9/11 aftermath and how this nostalgia became problematic; still, it is hypocritical in accusation as

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