Wednesday, February 25, 2009
It's not very often that a character can characterize himself, but I think Changez describes himself from an outsiders view very well. Most people have a hard time trying to figure out what others think of them, but he seems to know exactly who he is both inside and out, and that's what I like about him. He knows he is wise, and has come far in life, but he explains that he has worked hard for everything, and the reader doesn't doubt one bit that he deserves his job and status. Changez is the definition of humble, and through his narrations he doesn't make you feel inferior, since he is such a likable person. As he tells his story, Changez makes it clear that he is comfortable with who he is, and that he tries not to judge people without looking a little deeper. I found that Changez's relationships with Jim and Wainwright said a lot about him as well. Through his conversations with Jim we can see he's a really deep person, and that there is a lot to him. I love the way that other people's views of Changez are conveyed so clearly, even though the book is in first person. His friendship with Wainwright also shows that he is an easy person to get along with, and an all around good guy which makes the reader like him even more. I think that Changez is a unique but very real character all around, and the author does an impeccable job of characterizing him while keeping to the first person point of view.