The reluctant fundamentalist

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  • The reluctant fundamentalist

    1. 1. The ReluctantFundamentalist
    2. 2. What’s coming up?SettingCharactersSymbolsThemesWhat’s it all mean?
    3. 3. SettingLahore New Piraeus York New New Manila York York Lahore Valparaiso
    4. 4. Setting Meets AmericanLahore ‘tourist’ - recounts New Piraeus his experience in York the U.S New New Manila York York Lahore Valparaiso
    5. 5. SettingLahore New Piraeus York Meets Erica for the first time. New New Manila York York Lahore Valparaiso
    6. 6. SettingLahore New Piraeus York 9/11 happens New New Manila York York Lahore Valparaiso
    7. 7. SettingLahore New Piraeus York Doesn’t like how American he has New come to be New Manila York York Lahore Valparaiso
    8. 8. SettingLahore New Piraeus Meets York Bautista who tells Juan him the story of the Janissaries New New Manila York York Lahore Valparaiso
    9. 9. SettingChangez’ self perception in the U.SVS.Changez’ self perception outside the U.S
    10. 10. SettingChangez can assess his attitude to himselfand the U.S more readily from the outsidethan the inside
    11. 11. Characters
    12. 12. CharactersHow much do we trust Changez?Why might he ‘twist’ the truth?
    13. 13. CharactersSurely it is the gist thatmatters…it is the thrust ofone’s narrative that counts, notthe accuracy of one’s details.P. 135
    14. 14. CharactersWhat is it that Changez wants at the startof the novel?And does this change?
    15. 15. ChangezThis is a dream come true. Princetoninspired in me the feeling that my life wasa film in which I was the start andeverything was possible. P. 3But status, as in any traditional, classconscious society, declines more slowlythan wealth…We continue to be invited tothe…parties of the city’s elite. P. 11
    16. 16. ChangezThe need for powerChangez = GhengisThe identification with a warrior class
    17. 17. ChangezChangez and the American touristWhat is the power dynamic
    18. 18. ChangezWhen my turn came, I said Ihoped one day to be thedictator of an Islamic Republicwith nuclear capability; theothers appeared shocked, and Iwas forced to explain that I hadbeen joking. P. 33
    19. 19. EricaHow are Changez and Erica different?
    20. 20. EricaThere was a mental state I used to attainwhen I was playing soccer: my self woulddisappear, and I would be free, free ofdoubts and limits, free to focus onnothing but the game. P. 14Yet one got the sense that she existedinternally at a degree of remove fromthose around her…some part of her…wasout of reach, lost in thoughts unsaid. P.
    21. 21. EricaErica as a vision of AmericaAm = Erica
    22. 22. EricaI could not prevent myself from offeringto carry her backpack – so stunninglyregal was she. Her hair was piled up like atiara on her head…Documenting her effect on her habitat, anaturalist would likely have compared herto a lioness: strong, sleek, and invariablysurrounded by her pride. P. 25
    23. 23. EricaNothing prepared me for the drama, thepower of their view from the lobby. This, Irealized, was another world fromPakistan; supporting my feet were theachievements of the most technologicallyadvanced civilization our species had everknown. P. 38
    24. 24. JimWho is Jim?
    25. 25. JimSo I get where you’re coming from,Changez. You’re hungry, and that’s agood thing in my book. P. 10“You’re a watchful guy. You know wherethat comes from?...It comes from feelingout of place…Believe me. I know” 48
    26. 26. JimAnd that’s where you are. You’re bloodbrought from some part of the body thatthe species doesn’t need anymore. Thetailbone. Like me. We come from placesthat were wasting away. P. 110
    27. 27. NamesWainwright = worker
    28. 28. NamesWainwright has accepted that he is workingfor “the man” and that they can only “focuson the fundamentals.”
    29. 29. NamesUnderwood Samson = United States /Undertaker / Biblical Samson
    30. 30. NamesJaun Bautista = John The Baptist
    31. 31. NamesI was reminded of Lahore and of thatsaying, so evocative in our language: theruins proclaim that building was beautiful. P.163
    32. 32. NamesChris = Christ, Christopher Columbus
    33. 33. SymbolismIt depicted under stormy skies a tropicalisland with a runway and a steep volcano;nestled in the caldera of the volcano wasa lake with another, smaller island in it –
    34. 34. SymbolismIt was simply a tale of adventure, of a girlon an island who learns to make do. P.189
    35. 35. Symbolism *I think I knew even then that she was disappearing into a powerful nostalgia, one from which only she could choose whether or not to return. P. 129*“So I kind of miss home, too,” she said. “Except my homewas a guy with long, skinny fingers.” P. 32*It seemed to me that America, too, was increasingly givingitself over to a dangerous nostalgia at that time. P. 131
    36. 36. ThemesIdentity“I lacked a stable core. I was not certainwhere I belonged”
    37. 37. ThemesPowerI felt powerless; I was angry at ourweakness…p. 145
    38. 38. ThemesCultureOften, during my stay in your country, suchcomparisons troubled me. In fact, they did morethan trouble me: they made me resentful. Fourthousand years ago, we, the peole of the IndusRiver basin, had cities…while the ancestors ofthose who would invade and colonize Americawere illiterate barbarians. Now our cities werelargely unplanned…And America had universitieswith individual endowments greater than ournational budget for education. P. 38
    39. 39. ThemesGriefI had always thought of America as anation that looked forward; for the firsttime I was struck be its determination tolook back. P. 131
    40. 40. In the end...Changez becomes like EricaChangez bullies the American touristIs there anything that is ‘reluctant’ aboutwhat he is doing?
    41. 41. But...What is the role of the reader?What if there is no tourist - but thedialogue is really directed to us?
    42. 42. Thankyou...

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