Analysis Of The Book ' The Namesake '

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The Namesake was published in September 2003 by Jumpa Lahiri and the movie was released in March 9, 2007, directed by Mira Nair. The story includes the portrayal of being raised in two different cultures, search of identity, and difficulty between family. Through the novel Gogol is in the situation of building his character within two cultures. In the story he is raised to follow his mother and father’s culture and also brought upon into the American culture. The theme of identity begins in chapter 3, where Gogol begins kindergarten. Gogol is explained that when entering school, he will not be enrolled as Gogol, but as Nikhil. “Not only is this a respectable name, a good name, which his parents have finally decided on, just in time for him to begin his formal education.”(Lahiri56) AShoke and Ashiman, Gogol’s decide to give him that name because it is rather easy for Americans to pronounce. The perspective of Gogol’s parents to the name “Nihkil” was with good intentions of his future. Although tension begins to rise when Gogol informs his teacher that he did not want to be called by the name Nikhil, but by Gogol. As Gogol claimed his original name during the first day of school, Mrs. Lapidus acted upon it. “At the end of the first day he is sent home with a letter to his parents from Mrs. Lapidus, folded and stapled to a string around his neck, explaining that due to their son’s preference he will be known as Gogol at school.”(Lahiri60) When Mrs. Lapidus sends a note home
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