Chantel Ramos Apr,28,2019 English Mr.Kearns The Namesake English Essay For many immigrants, migrating from their homes to a new country can be difficult and puzzling. Often, new immigrants and first-generation immigrants can find it difficult to figure out how to adapt to their new surroundings and preserve their traditions and beliefs simultaneously. These ideas are prevalent in Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake , where the main characters, Ashima and their first-born son Gogol, have similar yet different ways that they adapt to their environment and embrace their Bengali-American culture. Regardless, the main characters in the Namesake eventually find a healthy balance between their cultures despite constant hardships caused by their environment. For Ashima, adapting to her new home is very difficult at first, especially with arrival of her newborn baby. Ashima is also very homesick during the first few chapter of the novel. When Gogol was only a few weeks old, Ashima tells her husband, “...I don't want to raise Gogol alone in this country. It’s not right. I want to go back…” (33) This shows that for Ashima its very hard for her to raise her baby in a foreign country without the help and support of her family. However, after a while Ashima and Ashoke start to make new friends that come from the same country as them, Ashima is able to become less homesick and preserve her identity. Moreover, Ashima and her family still participate in traditional Indian rituals including Gogol’s annaprashan which is an important Hindu ceremony. (38) Although, Ashima visits her native country a few times throughout the course of the novel, she continues to keep their Indian culture at heart and incorporate it in their daily lives. However, when Ashima is informed of her husband’s untimely death, she has a huge shift in her character. All her life, she had always been
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