How did Gogol’s definition of home change throughout the novel? Throughout the novel it changes all the time as he goes thru different obstacles on finding himself. He tries very hard to find himself by move into different places but his idea of home changes when he meets his girlfriend. Gogol decides his idea of home is in him and who he is as a person. He realizes he can't be comfortable as an individual with an acceptable identity while he's living “in between” cultures, he has a Russian first name, a Bengali family outside of Boston, and with him always being an outsider, he makes effort in finding himself by changing his name and moving from home. He then makes a home in New York, were he entertains the idea of living a sophisticated life. Moving away from his identity issues.He repeatedly questioned its meaning just to found out it was not a Bengali name. He explains his feelings to his parents, but they didn't understand him so then he changes his name. Gogol lies to his mother about visiting home when dating Maxine. He doesn't prefer the Bengali way of life and constantly makes excuses for he loves the carefree life of the American way. This act of betrayal affected Gogol and force him to make decisions that over a period he regrets, but it plays a role in the development of his life and the novel. When Gogol was born his grandmother sent a letter to his father with a name to name him, but somehow the letter had gotten lost forcing his father to name him after the Russian author Nikolai Gogol. While Gogol's grows up he notices his name is not
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- Fall '17
- Short story, Nikolai Gogol, American way