Nostalgi The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid

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Christina A. Slaughter Professor Eschrich ENG-L204 28 May 2015 Nostalgia Nostalgia is defined as a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one 's life, to one 's home or homeland, or to one 's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time. (Dictionary.com) Nostalgia is often caused by something prompting the individual of an event or detail from their past. In theory, nostalgia is a wonderful experience of reminiscing on memories in the past, but every so often nostalgia can have negative effects on one’s mindset. The result of these feelings and emotions can range through many different things, from happiness, to sorrow, to anger. In The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid suggests that in difficult times in people’s lives, nostalgia happens, and can evoke different emotions in people. First, we see a sense of nostalgia in chapter six of the novel, when Changez says, “The destruction of the World Trade Centre had, as she had said, churned up old thoughts that had settled in the manner of sediment to the bottom of a pond; now the waters of her mind were murky with what previously had been ignored. I did not know if the same was true of me.” In this instance, Changez and Erica are having a conversation post 9/11 terrorist attacks. The nostalgia that took place in this passage makes the reader see the two thoughts that the characters have about this incident. The way that the passage ends with Changez
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