Much of gogol's character can be understood in relation to a clever bit of foreshadowing that takes place when gogol is six months old during the rice ceremony, gogol must choose between a. 103 gogol's namesake: identity and relationships in jhumpa lahiri's the namesake judith caesar allusions to nikolai v gogol and his short story the overcoat. When gogol finally arrives home, ashoke tells him about the train accident many years earlier that was the catalyst for gogol's name analysis gogol's legal name change to nikhil marks an important turning point in his identity. Gogol enters the world, his father will eventually write on the back in bengali letters it dismays him that his parents chose the weirdest namesake leo or anton, he could have lived with.
In chapter 2, when ashoke names gogol, the narrator describes his memory of the train accident that almost killed him that moment resonates throughout the novel, and lahiri's narrator makes plain that the painful memory is present to him in the precise moment of naming his son. Gogol ganguli, in the namesake, is the son of two bengali parentsthroughout the novel, gogol depicts several acts of betrayal mainly to his family and their values one such act is when gogol changes his name out of torment. The namesake of the title, named after his father's favorite russian writer, nikolai gogol (1809-1852) a first-generation indian american whose uneasiness with his name exemplifies his difficulties in fitting in, either to his parents' expatriate world or to the world inhabited so comfortably by his american peers.
Everything you ever wanted to know about nikhil/gogol ganguli in the namesake, written by masters of this stuff just for you. Namesake: nikolai gogol and gogol's circumstance essay the namesake has a connection to belonging as if deals with the disconnection of the ganguli's - namesake: nikolai gogol and gogol's circumstance essay introduction. The namesake by jhumpa lahiri 304pp, flamingo, £1599 take a boy, born in the late 1960s to indian parents living in the american suburbs, far from their native calcutta. The story's main protagonist, gogol is the son of ashoke and ashima ganguli growing up in a suburban town in massachusetts, with intermittent, long trips to calcutta, gogol quickly becomes conscious of the difference between his parents' culture and the world in which he lives.
The namesake (2003) is the first novel by american author jhumpa lahiriit was originally a novel published in the new yorker and was later expanded to a full-length novel. The namesake quotes (showing 1-30 of 81) that's the thing about books they let you travel without moving your feet gogol remembers having to do the. Gogol, their son, however, was born in the united states and is somewhat embarrassed by his parents' bengalese practices (enotes) for gogol, as for his parents, the idea of home becomes closely. Gogol is the center of the novel, and it is his journey from childhood into young adulthood that the narrator tracks most closely gogol's transformation is marked in at least three ways first, his name gogol is gogol, of course, because his father and mother needed a name for him before leaving. In the namesake, the book written by nikolai gogol is the reasoning gogol's parents chose that name for him and the ultimate reason that gogol eventually changes his name and thus changes himself in the overcoat, the new overcoat is the obvious reason for all of the change in akaky's usually-boring life.
The namesake questions and answers the question and answer section for the namesake is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. In judith caesar's article about gogol's namesake she says, although nikhil is an indian name, it enables him to try on a sophisticated identity he thinks he wants, sexy, cool, 'normal'(caesar 110. The namesake takes the ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in calcutta through their fraught transformation into americans on the heels of their arranged wedding, ashoke and ashima ganguli settle together in cambridge, massachusetts.
The namesake is a 2006 indian-american drama film directed by mira nair and written by sooni taraporevala based on the novel the namesake by jhumpa lahiriit stars tabu, irrfan khan, kal penn and sahira nair. Gogol frowns, and his lower lip trembles only then, forced at six months to confront his destiny, does he begin to cry (271) at six months, gogol is already refusing to participate in traditional indian rituals he's not ready to confront his destiny, and for much of the book, we wonder if he.
Relationships in the namesake - ruth is gogol's first serious girlfriend - ruth was a typical american girl and therefore was not totally introduced to gogol's family. The namesake, one gogol ganguli, son of bengali immigrants, ashima and ashroke, spends his life attempting to reinvent himself, his name and heritage in order towhat gogol and all the characters are relatable, understood and add to the complexity we all have in our close and extended relationships. The namesake fits that criteria in that it takes place in three cities and two countries, and examines the nuances involved with being caught between two conflicting cultures with highly distinct religious, social, and ideological differences.