Identity Crisis in The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Write a feature article for The Saturday Paper, analyzing and evaluating the novel 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' by Mohsin Hamid in terms of its key issues/themes and its relevance to contemporary audiences.
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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid is a novel based on the 9/11 incident and the identity crisis faced by the protagonist, a Pakistani young man named Changez, who had followed the American dream. The novel explores the transformation of a person who wanted a peaceful life but was forced to suffer from identity crisis and dependence on peace. The plot reflects the change in human nature and self-opposing qualities in the character of Changez. The novel has layers of symbols starting from the cultural, religious, psychological to the animal symbols. The fall of the Twin Tower is one of the most important symbols in the novel. The protagonist suffers from identity crisis and becomes the toy in the hands of fate.