Outsider In his novel THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST mohsin hamid explores changez attempt to make a life for himself in America. While at first he is successful at Princeton and then in securing a job with a well-respected American firm, the reader becomes aware that he finds it increasingly difficult become he is marginalized as an outsider. As he strives to live the American dream, seeking money and status, he begins to question his own values and those of American society. This self-examination triggers such a crisis of identity that he rejects the persona he is trying to fabricate. ‘I did not know where I stood on so many issues of consequence; I lacked a stable core.
In this way, Steinbeck uses the idea of the American dream as a way of maintaining relationships between characters. The dream and the realisation of it alters the behaviours and emotions of the characters. This is demonstrated by Candy’s new found confidence towards Curley’s wife as he starts to believe that his dream has already come true. Instead of submitting to the woman, who clearly has more authority over him, “a change came over [him]” and he stands up to
He appears to feel that he is loving and the "most important man" in their lives, although the audience can see that at different stages throughout the play, he was uncaring to both of them. Gerald Croft represents Capitalism. He’s from a wealthy background so he treats women uncaringly because his focus is on money and social status rather than emotional feeling. From the start of the play, Gerald is presented as having capitalist believes. We see this demonstrated when he agrees with Birlings treatment with Eva Smith.
Mohsin Hamid’s dramatic monologue, The Reluctant Fundamentalist tells the story of a young Pakistani man who is consumed by the status of America and becomes immersed in the American way of life. The narrator, Changez is unsure of who he is, and whilst certain personality traits remain, his sense of identity is changed significantly by the novel’s conclusion. America is the country that Changez becomes enamoured and then disillusioned with. This turbulent emotional journey is reflected in Changez’s professional and personal relationships. At first, he is enchanted by the beautiful Erica, with whom he attempts to pursue a romantic relationship; likewise, he is enticed by the career and status opportunities that elite valuation firm Underwood Samson offers.
However the one thing he desired most that money could never buy was his love and passion for Daisy. Gatsby believed that he could win the love of the woman he longed for by showering her with materialistic items. Tom also took great pride in his earnings and believed he was a better man because of them. He exclaims, “Now don’t think my opinion on this matter is final just because I’m stronger and more of a man than you are” (Fitzgerald). He, along with Gatsby feels content with the unnecessary materialistic items that he owns.
Brett seems to find solace in knowing that she can entertain men at her will. Though she may not find the meaning in her life for which she is searching, she proves to be worthy of the attention of multiple suitors, allowing her to feel useful and wanted. Even before her divorce is final, she is engaged to Michael Campbell from Scotland (Hemingway 46), yet that does not prevent Brett from exploring her sexuality with other men, resulting in her being
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald connects his characters to how American business works and makes his readers question what they find important. Jay Gatsby’s love for Daisy is a mask for his true love of money and social status, which ultimately leads to his lonely death. The extreme desire and belief that Gatsby has to better himself economically proves he not only looks to accomplish the American Dream but he is a symbol of the American Dream. Even from an early age, money was on Gatsby’s mind. The schedule he makes for himself, “General Resolves: No wasting time at Shafters or [a name, indecipherable].
The Man, the Myth, the Legend: Jay Gatsby Jay Gatsby is a character from the novel “The Great Gatsby,” who strives endlessly in pursuit of his own version of the American Dream. At first Jay Gatsby is a very mysterious character but then we soon find out about his interesting personality. In order to achieve his American Dream he must reinvent himself as a person. His hasty acquisition of wealth and the lack of revelation with respect to his past inspire the curiosity of all characters in the novel. This lack of knowledge provided the novel with great suspense until the motives of Gatsby and his envisioned idea of the American Dream surfaced later in the novel.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid is a dramatic monologue that, is half-conversation and half story, this allows a complex and engaging puzzle which challenges readers about the very nature of fundamentalism. At the beginning of his personal life journey, and as a self professed lover of America, Changez sees his newly adopted home as a place of possibility and ‘magical vibrancy’, his loyalty to America is the catalyst to his personal American dream. However, during a series of psychologically confront events, such as 9/11, Changez’s understanding of his inner world is gradually transformed, and he eventually accepts that he belongs in Pakistan. His love affair with the dream is over. Changez initially places his identity within the context of fulfilling his personal American Dream.
From one side we can see Anthony and his wealth (his views about real feelings, about love) and from another side we see Richard and his feelings. Anthony thinks that money can do everything in our life, even buy love (“Money is successful every time. I don’t know anything you can’t buy with it. Tell me something that money can’t buy”). But Richard has opposite opinion (“There are some things that money can’t do,” said the young man rather sadly.