There are many movies and books that share the same ideas and themes.
Each movie or book has it own individuality but yet some movies and books can be
similar in some ways. The book, Invierno By Junot Diaz and the movie, named “The
Namesake” are very similar in some ways. They both demonstrate the same ideas
and the same themes. In the movie “The Namesake”, the son wants to fit in but his
parents don’t want to let go of their roots and their traditions just like the book
Invierno by Junot Diaz. Invierno by Junot Diaz and the movie “The Namesake”
illustrate how immigrants struggle to let go of their roots and traditions to open up
to a new life style in exchange the for the American dream.
The American dream basically means to have a strong untied family and to
be married and to also own property and have the perfect job. Many people have
tried to accomplish this dream and many have succeeded in it. In both, the movie
and the book, the characters try to accomplish this dream but there are many
obstacles in the way. In the book, Invierno By Junot Diaz, the father has trouble
adapting to the idea of the American dream. In Invierno, the book quotes,” “Rafa
showed me how, and I said, Fine, and had no problems in front of him, but when Papi
was breathing down my neck, his hand on a belt, I couldn't perform; I looked at my father
like my laces were live wires he wanted me to touch together." In order to accomplish the
American dream, we must also obey the laws and rules that the United States of America
has in their system. In the United States of America, children are given many rights and
the government stresses a set of laws forbidding from parents to abuse their children.
This is against the law and if abuse is found on the kids, the kids usually get taken away
from the parents. The father fails to obey this law. It is hard for him to follow this law
because he was raised and taught that abusing or hitting your kids is not against the law.
This quotes demonstrates how it is a struggle to truly adapt to the American Dream life
style. It also shows one of the obstacles that get in the way from accomplishing the
In the movie, “The Namesake”, there are also obstacles that get in the way
from accomplishing the American Dream just like the book Invierno by Junot Diaz.
In the movie, Gogol parents tell the kindergarten principal who is Mrs. Lapidus that
they want Gogol to be called by his worthy name which is Nikhil while he is in
school. In the movie, the principal quotes "And what about you, Gogol? Do you want
to be called by another name?"
wants to be called Gogol while he is in school. The principal listens
to Gogol instead of his parents. This shows how Gogol’s parents refuse
to let go of his original name...