This is used to imply his awareness of the constant shift, however just how unpredictable and inconsistent it really was. At first, Changez is friendly and plays up this element of his personality for both his American guest, by “offering [his] services”, and his companions in Greece, as he could “not prevent myself from carrying her backpack.” Indeed, it is this aspect of Changez that attracts both Erica and gives the reader some reason to empathize with him. Changez presents himself as a respectful, thoughtful person, someone who Erica comments as being “polite.” Despite this, he is clearly out of his element and confused by the environment he is in, Underwood Samson “had the potential to transform my life… making my concerns about money and status things of the distant past.” This ignorance is contrasted with his keen observational sense as well; noting The American sits ”with
Changez’ continual determination shows us that he is never accepted by those around him. Hence he must continually prove himself in order to feel accepted even though he is an outcast. Before the events of 9/11 the narrator states that Changez “was never an American, but I was instantly a New Yorker.” Initially Changez feels comfortable in New York, a very multicultural place, yet as a result of September 11, New York loses its identity and independence and becomes a part of America again, and with it Changez loses his sense of belonging. Furthermore, through one of Changez’ epiphanies it is made clear that he is in no way similar to his American colleagues. “I felt at that moment much closer to the Filipino driver than to him.” It is through this epiphany the author demonstrates that Changez has never really been adopted as an American.
‘I did not know where I stood on so many issues of consequence; I lacked a stable core. I was not certain where I belonged… my own identity is so fragile’ During his time at Princeton changez adopted a persona which he believed would make him fit in, but there is still something that actually set him apart from the Princeton peers. In pretending to be a young prince while surreptitiously supporting himself with three jobs he had begun the process of transforming himself. He admitted he was well liked an ‘exotic acquaintance’ but in his desire to makes a life for himself in America he did not recognize the danger in subjugating his true self. Moreover the readers cannot be convinced that he had acceptance he believe he fit in.
The action unfolding in the café helps the reader to evaluate the complex cultural tensions and fears of the post 9/11 world. By playing on the suspicion of the reader, Mohsin Hamid attempts to explore imbedded feelings toward both America and the Middle East post 9/11 through a reversal of the usual relationship, providing a muted American character, and an expressive Pakistani one. As soon as the novel begins we are presented with a product of Western prejudices “Do not be frightened of my beard, I am a lover of America” and as the character of Changez begins to introduce himself, we see the convention of the one dimensional Islamic man constructed by the American media slip away. Changez is articulate, polite, and as he reveals, exclusively educated, attending Princeton, and holding modern values “yes, the women, too- are working professionals”. Yet, the lack of information about the “purpose” and “mission” of these two characters takes grip of the narrative and through allusions “not unlike
I didn't feel comfortable about it" this conveys the message that tom is both afraid and uncertain of where his new life may take him. The use of flashbacks throughout the novel plays a vital role in conveying the theme of fear. This technique
The Reluctant fundamentalist shows us that nostalgia is a poison In Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, apparently is shown the other aspect, despite the beneficial side as a salve, but the far lethal side of nostalgia. The astonishing issue---the September 11, undoubtedly turns the USA’s theme from “openness” to “nostalgia”, and as a dire turning-point to be in the story, triggers subsequent changes. The same as America, Erica, who is assumed to be a symbolic character reflects the USA, also gets lost into the endless reminiscence of the bygone affections with Chris, finally destroy her. Nevertheless, these remind Changez of his relatives, who are addicted to nostalgia as well. Strikingly, Hamid sets these enormously realistic and secular scenes to the readers in order to substantiate the havoc of odious recalling back, which is with blindness and narrow-vision, septic grudge and mutiny, like a chronic but fatal poison.
He actively searches for answers to the unexplainable tragedies he experiences. Both Bartleby and J.B. deteriorate with time, but for different reasons. Bartleby’s deterioration is a product of his apathy and isolationism while J.B.’s deterioration is caused by the sudden tragic loss of his loved ones and sense of purpose. Initially, Bartleby and J.B. both seem to have typical lifestyles. Bartleby seems eager to do “an extraordinary quantity of writing.” He is “famishing for something to copy.” (648) He accomplishes what is expected of him without protest.
Jody did start out by giving her love but only because he was a smooth talker. Jody was obsessed with a high social status and the love that he gave Janie was all material. Janie stopped loving Jody because he just wanted control. Tea Cake was the most different because he allowed Janie to find her voice and be herself. He let her do things that women of the time weren't allowed to do and he loved Janie for who she was.
Gene’s unreliable narration is contradictory and deceitful by avoiding responsibility and justifying a horrible deed with over-intensified emotion. Gene’s narration is conflicting, especially when describing his relationship with Finny, leading one to believe that Gene is hiding his true feelings away from the reader. At the start of the novel, after Gene jumps
Pride can be a good thing, but it can often have negative connotations. The owl-eyed man is generally an example of the positive form of pride, which in this passage is first shown in his eagerness to reveal his findings to Nick and Jordan. It is said that, “he wheeled excitedly around”, and then he proceeds to talk about Gatsby’s library. the owl-eyed man’s excitement shows he is proud of his discovery, and that he wishes to share it with anyone who walks into the room and will listen. This point continues to be proven when he says, “As a matter of fact you needn’t bother to ascertain.