Gatsby’ and Mohsin Hamid’s ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’? Fitzgerald never cared for the title ‘The Great Gatsby’, it was his editor’s preference and afterwards he blamed the title, for the commercial failure of the novel. A few weeks before publication, he cabled his editor from Paris suggesting an alternative title, ‘Under the Red, White and Blue,’ this title invokes the stars and stripes of the national flag, as an emblem of American values. Fitzgerald’s preferred title implies his story is essentially
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Workbook Questions 1. In Chapter 1, Changez explains that his family belonged to the old aristocracy in Pakistan - though they are no longer wealthy, they still retain their social status. How important is it to Changez to regain what his family has lost? How does he hope to do that? Even though Changez family has retained their social status, Changez still finds it important to regain what his family has lost. He attempts to recover his family’s loss by “The only
its decline. Maybe the country will become detached like Erica and stop taking care of itself. Nostalgia-poison and salve? It can be good –Changez remembers his time in America fondly, despite his negative attitude to their foreign policy. It soothes the pain for the former Pakistani elite. ( with consquences). It can ease the pain of loss- Changez longs for American shrimp. He recalls the beauty of the American nation-the Empire State Building, New York at night. We all know the pleasure of
The ending of the novel is an unsatisfactory conclusion for the reader. Discuss. The true purpose of Mohsin Hamid’s 2007 novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is difficult to ascertain. It is this difficulty though that makes it a satisfying narrative even for those expecting a traditional conclusion which does not eventuate. By using a framed narrative, Hamid consciously leaves the reader with an open ending, as a traditional conclusion would neither have been as appropriate or as successful.
After reading the last page of The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, I was hard pressed to find a solution to the anxiety that had built in my chest. Was I really sympathizing with Hamid’s anti-American novel? Did I actually understand what he meant about America’s overwhelming superiority being brought to its knees? Was I guilty of the same prejudices toward Islamic people that were prevalent throughout the book? The pointedness of these caustic realizations was enough to create
The Reluctant Fundamentalist By Mohsin Hamid Questions [and hyperlinks to YouTube] Chapter 1: Underwood, Samson and Company – The Interview and Princeton • p.3 1st impressions of Princeton • What made Jim choose Changez? Chapter 2: the Island of Rhodes and Erica • Describe the signs that suggest that there is an attraction between Changez and Erica • Chris. How will he impact on the relationship between Changez and Erica? Chapter 3: New York, starting at Underwood
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