dishes, sweep the floor, cook the food’ where it emphasises all the responsibilities that she must now undertake without help from the servants. Lahiri displays her sense of dependence on Ashoke accompanied with her emotions of alienation in a negative tone. She plays the role of a typical housewife, lacking duties or goals in life, only to serve her husband. Upon Ashoke’s death, Ashima is launched into a new world of responsibility.
.[she] becomes a cultural usher, teaching Gogol how to...gain proximity to the advantages of whiteness" (Bhalla 5). Gogol becomes more a part of Maxine's family than his own. He realizes that "his immersion in Maxine's family is a betrayal of his own" (Lahiri, The Namesake 141). Maxine's family provides Gogol with something that his own cannot: a sense of belonging. As shown, Gogol looks to white women to become more immersed in American culture. He associates with them more than he does fellow Indian
belonging. Many immigrants are haunted by the sense of alienation when arriving in a new country, no matter how many obstacles they happen to overcome. Not only does it take a toll on relationships, but on internal struggles on what it means to come from, call home, and belong. To this present day, many people looking for new life in America have to face an overwhelming amount of difficulties in an attempt to create a comfortable life. Yet their sense of belonging will ultimately never feel real,
and a bindi in her forehead, and always cooking an Indian dinner. “For being a foreigner, Ashima is beginning to realize, is a sort of lifelong pregnancy — a perpetual wait, a constant burden, a continuous feeling out of sorts. It is an ongoing responsibility, a parenthesis in what had once been ordinary life, only to discover that that previous life has vanished, replaced by something more complicated and demanding.” (49) In America, Ashima is surrounded by people she does not know, and she does not
duties and responsibilities in the bringing up of their daughters (Kingston & Gordon 2005). Therefore, I chose to compare how the theme of motherhood has been portrayed in the two ethnically diverse texts. The mothers have an enormous duty to play in teaching their daughters the morals that are expected of them as members of their respective societies. In Wild, Ms. Strayed’s mother succumbed to cancer at the age of 45, leaving her barely 26 years old. As a result of her mother’s untimely death, she completely
Mannat Shukla Dr. Andrea Bell English 202 07 December 2014 Adapting To Culture Shock According to Noah Webster, “Culture means the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group also the characteristic features of everyday existence shared by people in a place or time.” When people accustomed to a particular culture enter a foreign land with different practice, they are bound to experience cultural
3 PERSONALITY, PERCEPTION, and ATTRIBUTION Chapter Scan This chapter begins a two-chapter segment examining individual differences. Much of this chapter is related to interactional psychology and the advances made regarding personality and behavior in specific situations. Personality characteristics discussed include locus of control, self-efficacy, self-esteem, self-monitoring, and positive/negative affect. Personality theories explained include trait theory and the integrative approach. The