Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Namesake Chapter 4 Quote Reflection

 For homework you were asked to read the following two quotes and answer the corresponding questions. Now -
1. Please respond to these questions as a new post on your blog. Please post the questions first and then type your answers underneath.

2. When you are done, see what your classmates are saying. Go to two of your classmate's blogs and respond to their ideas. Perhaps you agree or have a question about his or her post, take the opportunity to add your comments.

3. Then go to the Resource Tab and click on the invite link to go to my second VoiceThread. This will ask you to think about the book and your thoughts about immigrants. You will read the two questions, prepare your answers on the handout provided and add a video comment to one of the questions and a voice comment or written comment to the other.

“On the final leg of the trip there are only a few non-Indians left on the plane.
Bengali conversation fills the cabin; his mother has already exchanged addresses with the family across the aisle. Before landing she slips into the bathroom and changes, miraculously in that minuscule space, into a fresh sari. A final meal is served, an herbed omelette topped with a slice of grilled tomato. Gogol savors each mouthful, aware that for the next eight months nothing will taste quite the same. …And then the frosted doors slide open and once again they are officially there, no longer in transit, swallowed by hugs and kisses and pinched cheeks and smiles. There are endless names Gogol and Sonia must remember to say, not aunt this and uncle that but terms far more specific: mashi and pishi, mama and maima, kaku and jethu, to signify whether they are related on their mother’s or their father’s side, by marriage or by blood. Ashima, now Monu, weeps with relief, and Ashoke, now Mithu, kisses his brothers on both cheeks, holds their heads in his hands. Gogol and Sonia know these people, but they do not feel close to them as their parents do. Within minutes, before their eyes Ashoke and Ashima slip into bolder, less complicated versions of themselves, their voices louder, their smiles wider, revealing a confidence Gogol and Sonia never see on Pemberton Road” (81-82).
How does the visit to India involve a great sacrifice for Gogol and Sonia and give them at the same time the opportunity to see their parents for who they really are?

“Of all the people who surround them at practically all times, Sonia is his only ally, the only person to speak and sit and see as he does. While the rest of the household sleeps, he and Sonia fight over the Walkman, over the melting collection of tapes Gogol recorded back in his room at home. From time to time, they privately admit to excruciating cravings, for hamburgers or a slice of pepperoni pizza or a cold glass of milk” (84).
How can your sibling, the one you fight and quarrel with throughout childhood, be your closest friend in the world? How do Sonia and Gogol realize the allegiance they have to each other when they spend eight months in India? 

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