Themes In 'The Namesake And' The Secret Life Of Bees?

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Many authors use authorial strategies very similarly in their stories. This concept is explored in the novels, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. The Namesake follows the journey of Gogol throughout his life as an American. The story is told through shifting point of views and flashbacks of Gogol’s parents, Ashima and Ashoke. It captures how Gogol changes his name to Nikhil and how it affects his life in his family and his social life. The Secret Life of Bees is told through the first person view of a young white girl, Lily Owens from South Carolina. Lily starts off being torn because she has been told her whole life by her abusive father that she shot her mother when she was a baby. Lily does not believe…show more content…
Themes are prevalent through the Namesake with Gogol’s life. The main theme is how personality is affected by your identity. This message is shown at Gogol’s first party where Gogol says his name is Nikhil and starts talking to a girl. He is “stunned at how easy it is…(and) feels at once guilty and exhilarated, protected as if by an invisible shield” (Lahiri 96). This quotation talks about how Gogol just changing his name to Nikhil makes talking easier and even gave him the courage to kiss the girl. His whole personality is altered because his identity is changed. Themes are also displayed throughout The Secret Life of Bees. The main moral of the story is that not knowing at times is better than knowing. This is shown when Lily was digging for information about her mother and June tells her that she was an unwanted baby and was abandoned by her mother. Lily then realizes that “once you know the truth, you can’t ever go back and pick up your suitcases of lies. Heavier or not, the truth is yours now” ( Kidd 256). What Lily says is exactly what the message behind the story is. Lily ran home to find more information about her mother and ended up finding too much information about her. Another example is when May found out that Zach went to jail from a telephone call, she goes out to the river and places a heavy rock over her chest, committing suicide. This…show more content…
Point of view allows Lahiri and Kidd to tell the reader what the character is thinking or feeling. When Lily feels surprised about how handsome Zach is or when Ashoke thinks he is going to die in the train accident. The narrative structure of both books is an untraditional plot, which makes the story more compelling. Both books also have undefined climaxes that could be chosen by the reader. To add a message behind each story, the two authors use themes. The theme for the Namesake is personality changes with identity and the theme of the Secret Life of Bees is sometimes not knowing something is better than knowing. All authors use the same authorial strategies, but how they use them can vary across each story. In this case, how Jhumpa Lahiri and Sue Monk Kidd used authorial strategies were very akin to each

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