Bursting the Bubble of American Identity Admission Essay by Charles056

Bursting the Bubble of American Identity
An analysis of Mohsin Hamid's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" and Joseph O'Neill's "Netherland".
# 154057 | 4,045 words | 8 sources | 2014 | CA


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"What does it mean to be an "American"? What was once an inviting promise land of freedom, justice, and democracy has since developed into a WASP elitist country in the wake of September 11th, 2001. Interestingly enough, the population of New York is inhabited by more marginalized 'foreigners' than this reassertion of ananglospheric identity allows. The result is a shattered sense of belonging for those who do not fit the mold. This is why Mohsin Hamid's novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Joseph O'Neill's novel Netherland are essential political tracts of our time. The novel form and the contemporary genre of post-9/11 terrorist fiction provide insights into the existential and domestic threats that 'terror' pose to the citizens of the world and the citizens of America; specifically, New York.
"Once functioning as the hub of attraction for the freedom of enterprise that America stood for, New York itself was invaded from a by-gone nostalgia characterized by a Cold-War-likeanglospheric American. This essay will discuss the realities of a terror-stricken world as a permeating force that invades the aspects of society and identity both cross-culturally and globally by edifying readers to the reality of the hegemonic attempts to create a manufactured political consciousness in a post-9/11 America. By exploring the experiences that each protagonist encounters this essay will infer the authorial intent as a mechanism that only the novel can employ; furthering a reading of these texts as a parable for the reasons that lead to the exposure of America's fragile identity."

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