StudentFirstName StudentLastName Professor FirstName LastName ENGL 123 10 August 2010 Love and Loss in "The Namesake" The theme of love and loss in The Namesake forms a foundation upon which the story is built. Certainly, death plays a major part in determining how loss occurred within the story. However, this is not the only type of loss which is elucidated in the tale. During the time that Ashima was being introduced to Ashoke by their parents, "she was asked whether she was willing to fly on a plane and then if she was capable of living in a city characterized by severe, snowy winters, alone" (Lahiri 9). While Ashima had responded sagely by asking rhetorically whether Ashoke would be there with her, knowing fully well that he would, the...The end:
....., the most significant loss in the story was arguably the death of Ashoke. His amazing life story of survival and success was in sharp contrast to the sorrow which his death brought. The family was devastated and Gogol especially began to go down a cathartic path which eventually led him to realize the importance of his name. Thus there is a bright side to the story that even in the course of loss that love can still come shining through. Gogol was the product of a loving couple and a father who loved life and gave his best to his family. Loss is part of life but the continuity of existence is what allows loss to be managed by those who endure it. Works Cited Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003. Print.