Mira Nair

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  • Symbols In The Namesake, By Thomas C. Foster

    In Thomas C. Foster’s How to Read Literature like a Professor, Foster writes an entertaining guide of how to dig deeper into the metaphorical meaning of every piece of literature in hopes to inspire the minds of tomorrow not only to grow in their understanding of symbols but also to trust themselves and the knowledge they already have. In relation to Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake, Foster lends understanding to such common symbols like sex not being at all about the actual act but representing the challenge of one to change what is culturally expected of him. Foster also highlights that while the main character is usually safe from harm, the people around him are the ones that may get hurt in fault of the main character. Foster overall warns of the author’s possible ironic use of a common symbol, as is carried out in The Namesake with flight and eating, that twists the reader expectations thus adding depth to the story. In The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri uses sex as a pathway for Gogol to attempt to break through the cultural rules places upon him by his family. Foster offers that sex is a “symbolic action claiming for the individual freedom from convention” in which Gogol has been held to his whole life (Foster 155). As Gogol recollects on his first sexual encounter he “recalled nothing from that episode [except] only being thankful” that he had done it (Lahiri 114). This shows that Gogol is not fully interested in the sexual act, but subconsciously in the act of rebelling…

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  • The Namesake Film Analysis

    Few films capture the essence of being an outsider in a foreign nation, namely and Indian in the United States of America, and one of these films happen to be Mira Nair’s The Namesake. Based on the titular book by Jhumpa Lahiri, the story focuses on the difficulties of a Bengali family after migrating to America, and the conflicts their son faces throughout his life after receiving an uncommon name, Gogol, at birth. Despite having such a simple premise, The Namesake shows the significance a name…

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  • What Is The Theme Of The Namesake By Jhumpa Lahiri

    Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake depicts the development of a man named Nikhil Ganguli, commonly referred to as Gogol. Written in 2003, The Namesake illustrates the toils and internal journey many children of immigrants face in contemporary times. Seeing as they experience a clash between their ethnic culture and American culture, first generation children must seek a balance between the two in order to understand their identity, which is evident in Gogol’s experience. Through three phases of…

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  • Identity In Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake

    Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake, deals with the struggle of an Indian family trying to integrate themselves in America. Indeed, the main protagonist, Gogol is an American-born Indian who is trying to “find himself ” for he is split between his Bengali heritage and and the American culture in which he lives i. He struggles to find his own identity and culture. The question of identity is dealt through names. For instance, Gogol’s name comes from the Russian author Nikolai V. Gogol. He has…

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  • The Namesake Analysis

    The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri, follows the life of the Ganguli family and their assimilation into America and their struggles with raising their children in a new and vastly different culture. Gogol, the main character, was born in America by two Bengali parents, Ashoke and Ashima. Throughout the novel, Gogol struggles with developing his sense of self as he dealt with a clash of Bengali culture at home and American culture in public. His parents were staunch supporters of maintaining the…

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  • Identity And Post-Colonial Lens: A Literary Analysis

    The identity/post-colonial lens is an additional lens in which a reader can read through. In this lens, the reader looks for examples of how a person’s self-image is affected by how others nearby see him or her, along with also looking at how one culture naturally has power over another in the vicinity. The reader will look for characters who are affected by the world and different cultures around him or her, analyzing the effects these have on the characters. People who are only…

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  • Film Review Of Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding By Sabrina Dhawan

    Salaam Mira! Acclaimed Director, Writer and Producer, Mira Nair, grew up in Odisha (India), and studied in Shimla, Delhi and USA (Harvard). Initially she explored acting and was actively involved with theatre but then got drawn towards film-making and from 1979 started making documentaries that explored the concept of India and Indianness. She found them to be “a marriage of my interests in the visual arts, theatre, and life as it is lived”. Her second non-fiction, “So Far from India” (1982)…

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  • Monsoon Wedding

    Monsoon Wedding An average and modern family, not rich, but also not poor is the movie Monsoon Wedding about. They live in a huge city, but on the outside of the city. Monsoon Wedding is a dramatic comedy from 2001, directed by Mira Nair and written by Sabrina Dhawan. Aditi Verma is the main character, played by Vasundhara Das, and the other actors also have their own story in the film. The central story is about a preparing for a chaotic and expensive arranged wedding where the bride has a…

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  • Conflict In The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    cultures, special services and family expectations. The East culture is narrated with respect and without vulgarization. Nevertheless, the corporate skyscrapers and glamour of New York have been shown and described a hundred times in a great amount of other films that is why it looks a bit boring. The end of the film is a bit optimistic and politically correct. The final speech of non-violence and senselessness of vengeance is needed, although it is still one usually hears. In general, this…

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  • Characterism In Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalisd

    love with a beautiful girl named Erica. Changez was in the UK at the time of 9 11 attacks and after returning to the USA he felt a great change in attitude of people around him. He also finds his position and was disintegrated as a result of 9 11. He returned to Pakistan very disappointed and isolated. A shift in his identity, opened his eyes to reality. He admitted that the uncovered loyalties are of more significance than money, power and maybe even love. His novel achieved remarkable fame…

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