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Josh Ahn AS AM 5 HW Week 9 The Namesake “Namesake” Jhumpa Lahiri uses the title of the book “Namesake” throughout the book in order to show the importance of names to one’s identity and its formation throughout ones life. Her story revolves around a boy named Gogol who is the son of immigrants from Bengali and the struggles he faces in America being American and also Bengali. The point Lahiri tries to make throughout the novel is that names are a very important part of a culture and having the right or wrong name can mean everything in terms of how one identifies oneself and adapts to a culture. For Gogol’s parents, naming him such was a tradition they brought back from Bengali. They merely wanted to keep a part of their culture with
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Unformatted text preview: them as they had just immigrated to a totally new and foreign land. However, for Gogol, his name is a burden he must bear. Not having a formal American name automatically separates Gogol from the other children and makes him the butt of many jokes. He struggles constantly with his own identity, rebelling against his immigrant parents and attempting to build his own “American” life. This is seen when Gogol officially changes his name to Nikhil once leaving for college. However in the end Gogol begins accepting his ethnicity and even begins to date an Indian girl who is also struggling with her identity. This story is one of Gogol’s constant struggle with his namesake in forming his own identity....
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