Study Questions for The Namesake: Chapters 3 & 4

As you continue reading Lahiri's novel, consider how the author further develops the naming and assimilation themes while adding an address to both Gogol's and Sonia's representation as American children whose conflicting influences [parents' relatives and Bengali friends vs. neighbors and school friends and training in American institutions] create in them identity conflicts, a sense of "twoness" or "double consciousness." Here are a few specific issues to consider: