The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Jim Character Analysis

Jim is an executive vice president at Underwood Samson, and Changez’s mentor for most of his time with the company. Because he worked his way up from an impoverished family, Jim identifies with Changez’s financial situation, and regularly communicates this to Changez. Like Erica, Jim’s feelings for Changez may be limited by his minimal understanding of Changez’s culture and personality. The novel also hints that Jim may be interested in Changez romantically, though Jim’s sexuality is never revealed.

Jim Quotes in The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The The Reluctant Fundamentalist quotes below are all either spoken by Jim or refer to Jim. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 1 Quotes

“… I get where you’re coming from Changez. You’re hungry, and that’s a good thing in my book.”

Related Characters: Jim (speaker), Changez
Related Symbols: Underwood Samson
Page Number: 9
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Chapter 3 Quotes

I was aware of an advantage conferred upon me by my foreignness, and I tried to utilize it as much as I could.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker), Jim
Page Number: 42
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 7 Quotes

“The economy’s an animal,” Jim continued. “It evolves. First it needed muscle. Now all the blood it could spare was rushing to its brain. That’s where I wanted to be. In finance. In the coordination business. And that’s where you are. You’re blood brought from some part of the body that the species doesn’t need anymore. The tailbone. Like me.”

Related Characters: Jim (speaker), Changez
Page Number: 97
Explanation and Analysis:

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Jim Character Timeline in The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The timeline below shows where the character Jim appears in The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Changez is nervous for his job interview with Underwood Samson. His interviewer, Jim, is well-built – not unlike the Stranger, Changez notes – and, tells Changez to convince... (full context)
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When Changez, irritated by the personal questions, asks Jim what he’s getting at, Jim smiles and says that he, too, attended Princeton on scholarship... (full context)
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...world. Around his Princeton friends, Changez adopts an air of wealth and sophistication, but like Jim, he secretly works to support himself and his family, choosing places where his classmates are... (full context)
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Changez resumes telling the Stranger about his job interview. Jim gives him a difficult problem to solve: he has to value a hypothetical company whose... (full context)
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In spite of his mistake, Changez succeeds in gaining a job offer from Jim, since his approach to solving the problem was correct, and Underwood Samson will be able... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...time for the company’s yearly summer party, Changez and Wainwright ride in a limousine with Jim, who is hosting the party at his house in the Hamptons, while most of the... (full context)
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Jim’s party is extremely luxurious. While Wainwright enjoys himself, Changez steps outside and watches the waves... (full context)
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While Changez is watching the waves, Jim approaches him, and recalls his first Underwood Samson party at the Hamptons. Jim tells Changez... (full context)
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When the analyst training program ends, Changez learns from Jim that he is ranked first in his class, and that his instructors admire his drive... (full context)
Chapter 5
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At the end of Changez’s time in Manila, Jim flies in to evaluate his work. Jim tells Changez that his work is excellent, but... (full context)
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Changez tries to connect with Jim’s sense of outsiderness. Though he didn’t grow up in poverty, he felt a longing for... (full context)
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...feels guilty, and though he tries to act calm, he knows that he seems uncomfortable. Jim asks him many times if he’s all right. (full context)
Chapter 7
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At Underwood Samson, Jim, still very impressed with Changez, assigns him a new project at a cable company in... (full context)
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Jim advises Changez not to be concerned. He remembers living through the 70s, when the economy... (full context)
Chapter 8
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One evening, Jim suggests that Changez come to his apartment. Changez notices the large number of photographs of... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Changez becomes increasingly unpopular at work. Jim calls him into his office, and assures him that he doesn’t care about the beard,... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...a grandfather. Juan-Batista, who technically doesn’t own his publishing company and dislikes Underwood Samson, asks Jim and Changez what they know of books. Jim responds that he has valued media companies... (full context)
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Jim returns to America, leaving Changez to work in Chile with another Underwood Samson vice president.... (full context)
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...is fighting against his own country, Changez tells his supervisor that he refuses to work. Jim calls Changez, and offers him a break, as long as he finishes his work first.... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...will support himself without a job or a work visa. He is nervous about facing Jim, and wonders about his self-imposed loyalty to Erica. When he goes to Underwood Samson for... (full context)
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...tense meeting with his supervisors, who explain that he is fired. Afterwards, he speaks with Jim, who looks tired. Jim explains that he feels no guilt about firing Changez, but that... (full context)