Train Wreck in"The Namesake" Analytical Essay by ResearchRiter

Train Wreck in"The Namesake"
An analysis of the significance of the train wreck in Jhumpa Lahiri's novel "The Namesake".
# 120652 | 750 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (World)

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This analysis focuses on the train wreck in Chapter One of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel "The Namesake". The analysis focuses on what the train wreck means to Ashoke and his son Gogol, and how Lahiri uses the train as a metaphor for the process of human development and maturity.

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"The near fatal train wreck Ashoke survives in Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake" is highly significant to the themes of the novel. One of the most significant themes revolves around identity development and naming, how naming is both a process that can illuminate or hide identity. Lahiri uses the train as a metaphor for the journey of development experienced by Ashoke and the Ganguli family in the novel. However the train wreck is a moment in Ashoke's development that influences him for the remainder of his life."

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