The novel aims at projecting the ethical aspect of Indian immigrants in Jhumpa Lahiri’s debut novel

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The novel aims at projecting the ethical aspect of Indian immigrants in Jhumpa Lahiri’s debut novel The “Namesake”. In the nineteenth century the immigrants were migrating to the west as indentured labourers but now they migrate for the prospect of career building and profit making. But in both the cases culture plays a very important role in their life. In their socio-political liminality and marginal statues, the immigrants enjoy life in economic subjugation but have an emotional emancipation in their contra acculturation. In the super structure of America’s multicultural society they have cross-cultural experiences. This helps them to reconcile between their inherited and acquired selves for consolation. The immigrant Indians in a…show more content…
It becomes difficult for them to balance between the provoking economy of America and the ethical weight of Indian in their immigrant sensibility. In an ethical imagination they believe that self-exile for money is a sin and acculturation is expiation for it. In a dilemma they worship Mammon and Manu for a double gain but lose one for other on hybridity. In America’s materialist societies are syncretism their cultural values with the affluent ‘Other’ remaining above the narrow feelings of prejudice and intolerance. In their struggled against the dominant culture’s influence they try to keep their indigenous one ‘pure’. While in social sphere they assert their identity in a fractured psyche, in cross-cultural experiences they struggle against an economic apartheid to secure a safe place in America’s capitalist society. The second generation immigrants (often in mixed blood) do not have the same feelings and commitments to their motherland like their first generation ancestors. In demonstration of their ‘mongrelization’, they slide away from the ethical epicenter just in a cultural metabolism. Jhumpa Lahiri is an Indian by origin, British by education and American by citizenship. In her cross-cultural experiences she is unable to forget her cultural past and negotiates it with her American present. Her Indian characters are of Bengali origin that in their

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