highschool. Ashoke and Ashima had to deal with the typical American teenage girl problems of piercing her ears and dying her hair. The next time we hear of Sonia she has moved to California and lives in San Francisco with two girlfriends. Moving to California also shows that she is truly following her fate of becoming a true American. After her dad's death Sonya moves in with her mom on Pemberton road to take care of her mother. Sonia also brings her boyfriend Ben to Thanksgiving and she doesn't feel embarrassed by her mother's cooking unlike Gogol did with Maxine. Unlike Gogol, Sonia had confidence in who she was. From the moment she picked up the dollar bill she has been the stereotypical American. The author wanted to focus on people that have identity crises not people that already knew their fate like Sonia. Q-There are two train accidents in the novel, one involving Gogol and one his father. How are the two accidents linked, and how do they serve to drive the characters closer together, or farther apart? A- When Ashoke was traveling from Calcutta to Jamshedpur his train crashed causing him to
Inge 6 almost lose his life. If it wasn't for the book by Nikolai Gogol, Ashoke would have never survived. He left the crash with a limp that would last forever. Ashoke took this tragic memory and made it something special. He gave his son the name Gogol after the author that saved his life that day. He turned this tragedy into something beautiful. At this point there r elationship is strained and they aren't a true father and son team at the moment. When Gogol had his train accident someone committed suiscide by jumping in front of the train on his way home from Yale. The train got delayed Almost 40 minutes and with no way of contacting his parents, his dad waited at the train station. Gogol asked his dad how long he's been waiting. His dad said “since quarter to 6” (122) when Gogol checked the time it was almost 8 oclock. That night on the way home Ashoke told Gogol the reason behind his name. At first Ashok didn't tell Gogol the meaning behind his name and this drove them farther apart. Gogol felt like his dad kept so many secrets from him. Ashoke never meant to “lie” to Gogol but he never “wanted to upset” (123) him either. Gogol thought that his dad saw him as a tragic accident that almost killed him but his dad explained to him that it was Gogol that saved his life. After Google learns the true definition and meaning behind his name he grows closer with his dad and couldn't imagine his life without him. He appreciates his dad “standing out in the cold” (122) just to make sure that he was okay. The author uses the trains to symbolize the growth and development of the character's relationship from different stages in their life. The relationship was good at moments but also had it's hard times. At one point the train brought nothing but bad news for Ashoke and Gogol but in the end it made them realize how close they truly were.
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