Gerald’s goes to New Hampshire for vacation and Gogol moves along with them. While in the New Hampshire, Gogol seems not to care much about his family. He has got a precious chance in a friendly, welcoming family in an important culture. This “achievement” makes him ignore his parents and relatives. He rarely talks with them in a cold, blunt tone. Evidently, Gogol is using the chance to escape from his family and his culture. Up to this point, Maxine plays the role of a gateway for Gogol to escape from someone he is to become the person he wishes to be. Unfortunately, Gogol introduces Maxine in his family only to get a reaction he did not expect. Gogol's mother is active in her Indian tradition. She wishes her son to remain within the boundaries of the Indian culture and therefore suggests to Gogol that Maxine, an American girl, is not the right woman for him. This point demonstrates how different the two ethnic groups, the Indian and the American are. While Gogol receives a warm welcome in Maxine's family without
Surname 3 concern about his cultural background, his mother, Ashima shows a different opinion about engaging with a different culture. Perhaps, this rejection makes Gogol feel like an outsider. Later, Gogol's father dies, and the unexpected happens. Maxine and Gogol part ways. Clearly, Maxine was just a symbol of unmet desires to become an American. This passion eventually dies to make Gogol let Maxine go. Perhaps to this end, Lahiri manages to
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