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The film The Namesake started out while Ashoke Ganguli was traveling on a train to visit his grandfather. On the train Ashoke meets fellow traveler, Ghosh, who impresses upon him to start traveling. The train crashes and Ashoke almost dies but is found and survives. After the crash, Ashoke relocates to America for school. In 1977, Ashoke returns home to India to be arranged to marry Ashima. When Ashima accepts Ashoke’s marriage proposal, she has to move to New York with him where their residence becomes permanent. Ashima has to adapt and adjust to American culture, which is very hard for her because she has never been out of India and she misses her family. Shortly after, they become parents of a boy, who they name Nikhil, with the†¦show more content†¦3. Role Conflict-conflicts that someone feels between statuses because the expectations attached to one status are incompatible with the expectations of another status (Henslin, p.121). Gogol had role conflicts between being a boyfriend to Maxine and a son to his mother Ashima. He did not know how to balance both roles equally. Gogol was always with Maxine and her family. When his mother wanted him to come home to visit with her and Ashoke, Gogol said no at first because he was going to be with Maxine and her family on a little vacation. He never made time to spend with his own family at first until a tragedy happened in his family, where he really discovered himself. 4. Value Contradictions- values that contradict one another; to follow the one means to come into conflict with the other (Henslin, p.59). Gogol had many value contradictions with Maxine. In America it was acceptable to date someone of a different ethnicity but in India it was only acceptable to be with someone of the same race. Also, in America people are allowed to show affection and hold hands but in India showing any affection is inappropriate. So when Gogol brought Maxine to meet his parents and she held his hand , this made his parents very uncomfortable and shocked. 5. Cultural Relativism- Not judging one’s own culture but rather trying to understand it on its own (Henslin, p.44). Maxine practiced cultural relativism by not judgingShow MoreRelatedThe Namesake By Jhumpa Lahiri992 Words   |  4 PagesFor some people finding out who they are is not exactly the hardest thing to do in the world, some know it from the moment they are born. There are, however, also other people who have to struggle and search for their identities. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri is the story of a boy who does just that. 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