Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Namesake Final Assignment - Identity

Now that you have all created your own Identity Walls or have written a narrative that allows us a peek into your interests, your past, and the important aspects of your life - please take a moment to view and read two of your classmates projects and comment about what you have learned.

Monday, February 11, 2013

What I Learned from The Namesake

I learned that there is no one way to define yourself. In fact, time, experiences, celebrations, losses, achievements and lives all contribute to our identities. I am not just a teacher, or a mother, or a daughter, or a Springsteen fan, or a college graduate, or a former dance teacher, or a writer, or a lover of literature, or of Italian descent, or a water skier; I am in fact all of these things! Who are you?

Check out my Identity Wall and my Identity Map in the Resource tab of my blog to find out more about me. When you are done, post a comment here about what you learned about me.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Namesake - Let's wrap it up


On a separate piece of paper respond to the following questions using supporting details from the story.

  1. As she packs her belongings, Ashima thinks about the years spent in the house on Pemberton Road: "And though she still does not feel fully at home within these walls on Pemberton Road she knows that this is home nevertheless – the world for which she is responsible, which she has created, which is everywhere around her, needing to be packed up, given away, thrown out bit by bit" (280). Who is Ashima now? How has she changed, what does she realize about herself? What do we come to realize through her POV?
  2. In the last chapter of The Namesake, Gogol sits in his bedroom and contemplates his life. What epiphany does he have? How does Lahiri convey identity and what do we notice about the structure of Lahiri's novel? What is Gogol's state of mind at the end of the book and what will become of him?
Questions adapted from Hostos Community College