Sunday, March 15, 2009

Favorite Literary Element

My favorite Literary Element of the Reluctant Fundamentalist is partly language, and partly point of view but mostly the whole big picture that they create. This book is completely open to interpretation. Technically it's a novel, but most novels' are fairly cut and dry, with solid characters, plot lines, one step follows another. But in this book, how you see it depends completely on where you're from, who your parents are, a personal set of beliefs. For example, as middle-class Americans, you could even bring in the fact that we're women, we see this book as an eye-opening experience. Changez is a bridge-crosser, a new era friend who will help usher in a time where cross-country relationships are made and the human race will finally understand that we're all the same on the inside. However, to say a conservative Pakistani, they may feel that Changez (Hamid) is betraying his country and his countrymen for a new world which has not shown itself to be allies of Pakistan. They could be furious at the even idea of this book, and that it is so very welcoming to the American, or even Western, ideal. I don't know how far many of you have read, so I won't give it away, but the ending especially proves my point. You could interpret it either way, and to be honest even I, a self-described cynic, have no idea what is going to happen. Is this American just the weary traveler that Changez seems to assume he is, or is he some type of special agent sent to assassinate this vocal, so-called Anti-American. 

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