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Anastasios Flokas English 115 Professor Katawal 11 April 2008 Academic Paper: Alienation and US Global Influence For Changez, the main protagonist of the novel “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by Mohsin Hamid, the concept of exile is an internal struggle and division between the East (Pakistan) and the West (United States). This split between conflicting “worlds” and cultures is symbolized brilliantly in the way that Hamid pairs the image of a stereotypical bearded Muslim man, with the equally stereotypical image of a strong well-built American male. What makes this recurring scene throughout the novel even more adept is that the aforementioned stereotypical American’s identity is never revealed. Therefore, this is crucial for solely examining the point of view from an alienated Muslim man’s perspective of the post 9/11 global world that we live in today. However, before delving into Changez’s convictions and feelings of exile, it is worthwhile to explain the background of his story to get a better sense of how he came to
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