Mohsin Hamid’s one adult male soliloquy narrative ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ supply us with an interesting penetration of the hard times faced. in the past and nowadays of the novel’s supporter Changez. It is considered that ‘nostalgia’ has a brave consequence on the chief characters of the novel. and most unrecognisably. the United States of America. Throughout the novel it is suggested that the subject of nostalgia shown through the characters and the state. is brought upon by strenuous events and happenings that are implemented on each character otherwise and slightly the same.
When the subject is drawn to a stopping point. Hamid’s purposes are to demo the victims different perceptual experiences. giving the readers a clear position of how nostalgia is portrayed in the novel. what nostalgia truly is. and the milieus of nostalgia go arounding about Changez. The class of the Loath Fundamentalist. presents how the characters. nor the state. can defy the alterations that occur in this dynamic rhythm of life. The alterations of all victims. are inevitable. therefore it is required they accept the alterations. and fall back back to nostalgia as fond memories that have been shared.
Although. nostalgia is sometimes increasingly unsafe and can non. be accepted or overcome. In the bringing of the subject it is obvious that nostalgia is the consequence of ongoing hard times and events. Throughout the novel there is fortunes that conveying nostalgia from the past back as memories and besides implement nostalgia as an wake of backbreaking events. Both perceptual experiences being positive. and negative. After graduating from Princeton. Changez landed a occupation with Underwood Samson and was comfortably populating in New York. He fell in love with a manhattanite named Erica.
Changez loved to reminisce to Erica about his life in Pakistan because it reinforced his nostalgia. Changez mentioned his relations held on to imagined memories the manner the homeless held onto a lottery ticket. “Nostalgia was their cleft cocaine. if you will. and my childhood was littered with the effects of their dependence. ” The pull of his fatherland is seen right throughout the novel. and gets greater and greater. However. after Erica’s decease Changez lost himself once more. With all the political agitation after the 9/11 onslaught and America’s engaging far in the Middle East. Changez began to oppugn his individuality and responsibility in America.
His oppugning led him to happen comfort in his nostalgia. and finally led him back place to Lahore. where his nostalgia was subjected to in the beginning. Changez is surrounded by a batch of people undergoing nostalgia. most perceptibly his American lover Erica. While Changez was working in New York he fell in love with Erica. cognizing nil of her yesteryear. Erica enjoyed Changez’s company. particularly when he role-played as Chris – Erica’s deceased boyfriend – because in that minute Erica’s nostalgia became a world. In the early stage of her nostalgia. Erica could get away it. by composing and taking drugs.
Yet. as clip progressed. her nostalgia grew perilously. She was unable to accept the alterations in her life. Erica is uninhibited. traveling topless. for case. on a beach in Greece. Changez and Erica finally go confidant. but she is haunted by Chris. ” Pretend I am him. ” Changez Tells Erica to conceive of he was Chris. so she would be able to get the better of her fright. and experience bitterly satisfied one time they’ve made love. Erica However. this did non work. Erica was locked in the past with Chris and wasn’t able to go on into the hereafter with Changez. and after 9/11 her unhappiness cryptically turns pathological.
She lands in an establishment. so disappears. As Mohsin Hamid quotes “she is fighting against a current that brought her inside herself. Erica’s nostalgia intertwined with the allegorical reading of America shows the great injury in her life. Erica bit by bit withdraws into herself. fixated on the life she had before. progressively unable to work or pass on with others. does this hold anything to make with the nostalgic effects on America? At the homestretch of the novel. it is revealed that Erica disappears.
Her terminal is intentionally equivocal. taking towards the fact America’s narrative is non written yet. but gives a negative penetration of what is expected to go on. Changez’s name is an indicant to America going progressively intolerant and immune to ‘change ( s ) . ‘ After 9/11 America yearns for clip before. when things were simpler. Changez notices the nostalgia of America. “it seemed to me that America. excessively. was progressively giving itself over to a unsafe nostalgia at that clip. ” America as a whole is seeking to take the clasp of her past nostalgia.
It has come a long manner since September 11. 2009 but there is still war and people deceasing. this is an unwilled disclosure of America’s nostalgia. America still thinks of times before that twenty-four hours. but through the novel the nostalgia of America. twisted in the nostalgia Changez and Erica. there is a message that shows the intent of America’s remembrances. To non bury the lives lost on the twenty-four hours of 9/11. as Changez Erica and America can non bury their yesteryear and the nostalgic effects it brings upon them. The Loath Fundamentalist is filled with feelings of nostalgia in both persons and states.
Whilst nostalgia may convey short term alleviation to hard state of affairss. if one does non travel on and face world. their nostalgia may encapsulate them and do them great injury like with Erica. Mohsin Hamid creates a state of affairs in The Loath fundamentalist that manifests itself to the thought that nostalgia is unsafe as it blinds people of what is genuinely existent. He besides creates the feeling that in order to populate with a clear head. one should equilibrate looking into the hereafter or the past. they become blinded by what they see and get down to populate in a universe detached from the one in which they reside.