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' Does Changez loses or find his identity through the course of the novel?'
Work in progress response??
Sample into:.Changez, in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, struggles over whether he belongs in the modern, financial Western world, or the traditional, cultured life in the East, particularly Pakistan. As a global citizen Changez moves across different countries and is exposed to a variety of lifestyles, cultures and values and he must decide where he feels most comfortable. Yet in this journey he finds that his identity is changeable according to where he is and who he is with and this is probably true for most people. Changez ultimately finds where he belongs when he is put in a pressure situation and he is forced to examine his beliefs and attitudes.

Para 1:The cutting edge, technologically advanced world Changez inhabits is ever evolving.......




Para 2;Changez finds himself when he comes to understand that his identity is fluid and adaptable. When Changez is in America , he initially feels at home..



para 3:The experience of living in America, and in particular at a traumatic time with the events of 9/11 force Changez to look inside himself and truly get to discover who he is. ...




Sample idea/plan number 2- this is a better plan-yes?

Intro:The Pakistani born Changez, examines his identity throughout the novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist as he moves between his homeland and America, and questions his cultural heritage, his relationships and his ethical codes. Changez whilst initially a bit embarrassed by his 'shabby' nation in contrast to the 'shining' modernity of the USA, comes to appreciate the traditional and simple beauty of his homeland, and so where he belongs. He also gains valuable insights into who he is through his complex relationship with the epitome of Amercian elegance, Erica. The firm of Underwood Samson which employs him as a valuation expert, cause Changez to truly develop a moral code of behaviour and he finds his outlook is broader than that of the American companies in search of a profit.

para 1: Changez initially claims to be 'a lover of America' in the first flush of his experiences as Princeton and Underwood Samson. The cosmopolitan bustle of New York means he feels 'immediately a New Yorker'.....




para 2: The relationship he has with the classic American beauty of Erica is complex and constantly evolving and his pursuit of her leads him to ultimately develop a deeper understanding of himself. ............



para 3: Underwood Samson employs Changez as one of the 'best and brightest' Princeton graduates who performs so admirably that a glittering career stretches before him..................

Yet as Changez gains a deeper insight into the values that matter to him, hecomes to reject what the company stands for.......



Conclusion: Changez is much surer of who he is and where he belongs by the end of the novel. He also discovers that one's identity is a mutable and fluid thing, dependent on people and places to a large extent. Changez thought that one's birthright could be neglected, especially when confronted by the technological wonder of the greatest empire on earth. It is understandable that coming from a poor and difficult nation, he considers the lure of settling in a land where he can make a lot of money and go out with beautiful girls.The nostalgia one feels for one's homeland, however, cause an appreciation in him for familiar pleasures. When the aggressive and often misguided behaviour of America forces Changez to truly examine the things that matter, he finds that is more comfortable with the culture he grew up with, and in that he is probably like most people.