The Namesake


Jhumpa Lahiri

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The Namesake Symbols


Trains appear again and again in Lahiri’s novel, and twice a train accident plays a significant role in the story. The first is the devastating accident in Ashoke’s past, which he barely survives, and the… (read full symbol analysis)


Books play an important role in many key scenes in the novel, beginning in the first chapter with the young Ashoke’s all-consuming love for them—a love that saves his life, and gives Gogol his name—and… (read full symbol analysis)

Graves and Graveyards

In a few moments in the novel, Gogol thinks with longing of the idea of a grave—a place that will bear his legacy into the future, and give him or his family a permanent physical… (read full symbol analysis)