Xiao Guo (Tony) Date: 4/6/19 Summary of The Namesake The novel begins in 1968 in a hospital, and a young Bengali couple prepare for the birth of their first baby, Gogol. Ashoke chooses the baby’s name on the birth certificate. He wants to name his son Gogol, for the reason that Ashoke thinks Russian author Nikolai Gogol saving his life. As Gogol grows up, he begins to hate the oddity of his name. Teacher asks him the origin of his name, and some of his classmates begin to laugh at him. Ashoke wants to explain the reasons to Gogol by giving a book as a birthday gift, but he realizes that Gogol is still too young to understand his experience. When Gogol graduates from high school and he decides to change his name to Nikhil. Gogol attempts to reject his parent’s Bengali culture and try to become an American. He tends to date with American girls. On Thanksgiving after his first semester at college, Ashoke is finally able to explain to Gogol the true origins of his name, and Gogol begins to feel guilty with his changing name.
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