Contextualization of Fluid identity: An Acculturalist study of Lahiri's The Namsake
Jhumpa Lahiri's literary career has been inspired by the Indian as well as the American culture and background. She does a great job of capturing the immigrants’ perspective as well as she depicts the clash of the cultures. This multicultural way of living is fundamental to many of her works, which show the alienation and misery experienced by migrants stuck between starkly different cultures. Her novel, The Namesake (2003), is about the migration of the Indians and the Asians in the United States. Her writings throw light on the difficulties encountered by the Indians who have become acclimated to life in the United States. The conflict between sticking to the Indian culture and adapting to the American society, upholding family traditions and embracing at once-in-a-lifetime chance, and the awareness that one is outsider despite being born here are all brilliantly captured in her artwork.
Key words: Acculturation, Isolation, Fluid identity and Othering.
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