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of escaping from his Bengali root, Gogol now achieves a balance between the Bengali and American culture. At the end of the book, since Gogol’s mother sells her house and will go back to India, Gogol realizes that “[w]ithout people in the world to call him Gogol, no matter how long he himself lives, Gogol Ganguli will, once and for all, vanish from the lips of loved ones, and so, cease to exist. Yet the thought of this eventual demise provides no sense of victory, no solace” (289). When Gogol finally becomes Nikhil, he doesn’t feel happy or relieved. He misses Zhong 3
being called Gogol, for it’s the name that only can be heard from his beloved families. Eventually, Gogol changes his attitude about his name, which reflects his acceptance of his Bengali-American identity. As Gogol believes, “There's no such thing as a perfect name” (245), there is no such thing as a perfect identity as well. As a Bengali-American, Gogol struggles between his Bengali tradition and the mainstream American culture. He was once lost about where he belongs. As oneof the millions of immigrants who experience identity crisis throughout their life, Gogol used to feel confused about his identity and avoided his Bengali roots by changing his name to fit into the American culture better. Fortunately, as he grows up and experiences several incidents of his life, he gradually accepts his name along with his cultural identity. Gogol realizes that he never needs to feel awkward about being an outsider, and he should always love himself for who he is. No one should feel ashamed of who they are, since we all come to this world for a reason.Zhong 4