Character Inference Tool: Ashoke Ganguli, pages 10-21 Page # Character Detail Inference About Character 12 Ashoke loves to read and doesn’t like to go outside Ashoke is very antisocial and literature is a true passion of his and hers 13-14 Ashoke is getting his grandfather old books that he had been wanting for years. Ashoke cries about the story of the overcoat. I can infer that books were all that Ashoke cared about and he didn’t really have much to look forward to in life then those book that he had been wanting since he was little. Ashoke has empathy for Akaky 15-16 Ashoke is very family orientated and connects to books very well I can infer this because he shows his feelings and how he can put himself in the same position as the characters in the book. 18 The horrible train wreck and his family has to help him complete daily life things that he would usually do on his own. I can infer that this wasn’t a good lifestyle for Ashoke because he doesn’t get to do what he does on a regularly basis. 20-21 Ashoke wants to leave his town and re applies for engineering, Ashoke even stops reading literature and begins to only read his school work Ashoke hits his breaking point because after being nearly killed he doesn’t want to read literature which is weird because reading is his passion. 21 Ashoke isn’t the one that’s pregnant but he feels like he is, Ashoke describes his life as being born 3 times because of so much trauma in his life. Extended Response: What details does Lahiri include to convey how the past trauma of the train wreck affects Ashoke in the present? (7-10 sentence minimum with MLA in-text citations) The past trauma of the train wreck hurts Ashoke mentally and physically. Mentally because Ashoke has dreams about walking and nightmares. This trauma also make Ashoke not want to read literature anymore as it says “Yet he refused to read the Russians his grandfather had bought for him, or any novel for that matter” (pg. 20). This has had a huge impact on Ashoke because reading is hi passion. In
a way it does makes sense for him to stop reading because it makes him not want to imagine himself as the characters in the book anymore. Chapter 2 Assignment Take notes on names and cultural traditions around naming (pages 22-29) Quote or paraphrase specific details from the text (10 points) Page # Ashoke and Ashima don’t like the infant needs a name at the moment 25 Mr. Wilcox says that they have to have a name before leaving the hospital 27 Ashoke and Ashima don’t want to name their baby right away because in their religion they take their time to name the child and mostly because they want the grandma to name him but the letter hasn’t come in yet. 28 Eventually they name the baby Gogol Gongali because the grandmas letter hasn’t come in yet 29 Extended Response: Discuss what the difficulty in naming their son reveals about Ashima and Ashoke's struggle as Bengali immigrants. What are the cultural differences at play here? Use MLA in- text citations. 7-10 sentence minimum. (10 points) The difficulty in naming their reveals that they aren’t just disregarding their culture just because they moved to a different country. Some of the cultural differences is having a child at the hospital.
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