A: Which better portrays the condition of Non-Resident Indians, Bend it Like Beckham or The Namesake? explain in 2-3 paragraphs.
B: do you agree or disagree with the following statement. explain why in couple sentences.”While BILB does exhibit the friction and somewhat uneasy intercultural discourse between Indian and white Brits, especially with Jess’ parents’ unwillingness to let her pursue a career in football (soccer), it seems to me to be less successful in portraying the condition of Non-Resident Indians than The Namesake.
The reason for which I make this argument is that the latter presents a veritable identity crisis, in which Gogol genuinely struggles to figure out how truly Indian he is, in every sense. While Gogol goes from a highly-Americanized youth to a more culturally and heritage-aware adult, Jess appears to have very little, if any interest in living the life of a typical Indian woman, something which only worsens throughout the narrative.
Though I myself am not Indian, I am the son of a French father and Scottish Mother, who has never lived longer than two years in either of my ancestral countries. When you grow up or even move to a land which is not your own, you are bound to be pulled this way and the other, and to be confused about which nation and cultural heritage to which you really belong. For me, The Namesake captures this much more than BILB.”
C:do you agree or disagree with the following statement. explain why in couple sentences “The Bend it like Beckham focuses on the main character’s desire to play football (soccer) and the conflict she faces due to her obligations to her traditional Sikh family. The character, Jess, must make the decision to pursue football or follow her parent’s wishes and complete school and marry and Indian man. Her parents have a hard time understanding Jess’ interpersonal conflict with them because they have chosen to remain separated from the British community, rather than integrate. Jess’ parents are afraid the living in Britain will influence the lives and behaviors of their daughters. They believe that their culture is the correct one and make comments about how one of their daughters marrying a white man or a Muslim would be shameful.
On the other hand, in Namesake, Gogol struggles with a sense of belonging to his family and his Bengali culture and heritage throughout his life in the course of the novel. Born and raised in the U.S., while his parents spent their entire life in India following Bengali culture and practices and moved on to America as young adults. Gogol must try to find a sense of belonging as he deals with trying to belong in American society, while following his Bengali traditions. He is bewildered as to why his father named him Gogol as it not Bengali nor a normal American name which leads him to struggle to understand himself and his identity. In Bengali families, “individual names are sacred, inviolable. They are not meant to be inherited or shared” (28). However, Gogol grows up living in America, where children are often ashamed of their differences from others. As a teenager, Gogol desires to blend in and to live unnoticed. This presents a struggle between two cultures. “