Welcome to paradise | Hyperbole | Gogol attempts to belong to the American culture which he seeks the love and acceptance of the Ratliffe’s whilst joining them in life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. This is especially the case when he holidays with them in New Hampshire , where Gerald welcomes Gogol   to “Paradise”. Yet in achieving the paradise implied by the Ratliffe’s welcome remains oddly disconnected. | There is a level of connection and understanding which he is unable to achieve in his love of Maxine and life with the Ratcliffe’s |
Roadtrips with other Bengali families, the fathers huddled in the front, children would sit in the back, slept whole families in a single room. | Descriptive detailImages of constriction and claustrophobia Contrast | Gogol contrast the ease and freedom of the Ratliffe’s with the clumsiness ,and timidity constriction of holidays Gogol went on as a child with other Bengali families. Composer uses third person to identify the responder with Gogol’s viewpoint creating images of claustrophobia, and constriction as the fathers “huddled in the front, children sit in the back” and they “slept whole families in one room” their lack of ease in their surroundings | |
Lake where she first learnt to swim is an essential part of her. Gogol is able to imagine her past, present and future | Descriptive detail | Gogol wishes to share in that same sense of belonging to their environment and culture as the Ratliffe’s he is somehow not quite able to connect in the same way. | Gogol wants to belong in the Ratcliffe’s family but just cannot imagine him connecting to their way of life. |
Maxine speaks of her summers here. This landscape in which she first learned to swim and is an essential part of her life where she lost her virginity.“It is easy to picture her growing old , sitting on a beach chair and returning here grieving to bury her parents, teaching her children to...