The Reluctant Fundamentalist


Mohsin Hamid

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist Symbols

Underwood Samson

As its initials suggest, Underwood Samson, the valuation firm Changez works for, symbolizes the U.S. in all of its power, optimism, and under the surface racism. At first, Underwood Samson seems like a perfect… read analysis of Underwood Samson


Changez leads the Stranger to a cafe for a cup of Lahore's famous tea, though the Stranger initially seems so paranoid about being poisoned (or at least Changez perceives it that way) that Changez… read analysis of Tea

Changez’s Scar

Changez's scar seems to worry the Stranger, since it looks like a mark of some violent encounter, but Changez insists that he acquired it as a small child, when a candle dripped molten… read analysis of Changez’s Scar