English 1B“Try To Remember It Always”The Namesake written by Jhumpa Lahiri focuses on how Gogol was affected by his father’s death. He understands and is willing to accept his family instead of refusing to be a part of it through a series of events as well as getting familiar with his culture. Thesudden death of his father leads to the breaking up with Maxine, the traditional marriage with Moushumi, and the book from his dad. They all contributed to changes Gogol’s perspective to his family and culture. In the novel, The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri shows how Ashoke’s death changes how Gogol views his traditional culture and the attitude toward his family.After his father passed away, Gogol finally realizes that how much his parents care about him, pay attention to him, and listen to him. His father’s death is the very first sign where we can see Gogol realize that his parents are supporting him and loving him no matter what. “ He knows now the guilt that his parents carried inside at being able to do nothing when their parents had died in India, of arriving weeks, sometimes months later, when there was nothing left to do.” (Lahiri179) This quote shows how Gogol is sorry about what he did to his parents earlier in their lives and now he regrets it; there is nothing he can do to reconcile with his dad. This is definitely the turning point in Gogol’slife because he realizes that what he calls as his friends would not be as supportive as his father. In addition, after Ashoke passed away, Gogol also finds out that there is nothing to
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