Namesake Essay

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Ms. Turpin ENG 3UO-F January, 20, 2012 The namesake In the novel, “The Namesake”, Jhumpa Lahiri demonstrates that if one’s parents are overly strict about culture and tradition, then their pressure can eventually lead to feelings of resentment from the children, which causes stubbornness and immature behaviour. In the novel, Lahiri demonstrates the resentment and persistent behaviour through the use of three significant characters. Firstly, as Gogal proceeds his twenties, he begins to isolate himself from his parents and starts to develop a better relationship with his work and social life. This is evident as the readers visualize his secretly formed relationship with Maxine. He tries on multiple occasions to fit in with her family, something he never tried to do with his own parents. Gogal becomes very attached to Maxine’s parents, who were a key element in his changed behaviour and the result of the avoidance of his own parents and their traditional ways. “Gogol had several affairs in his life time that sometimes his parents did not support…” (100). This quote proves that Gogol does not care about his parent’s opinions on tradition and he just wants to tackle life on his own. He chooses to do things by himself and tends to hide his personal affairs from his parents. His character also shows how disrespectful he is towards his family’s traditional values and morals. This is shown when he continually does things on purpose just to keep his family away from him. “He walks in with his shoes on instead of changing into a pair of his flip-flops that his parents keep in the hall closet” (page 146). Throughout Gogal’s childhood, he was aware about his parent’s traditions of taking off their shoes inside the house, yet he chooses to go against this tradition by keeping his shoes on. At this point, it is clear that Gogol’s character is changing
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