Green Chapters 3-7

In these chapters there is a lot going on in the book. David goes through a a lot in the school dealing with finding his own friends and his own type of people to hang out with. He deals with a lot of bullying because he’s different from the other students. David’s grandfather told David to make sure he studies good for the exam because if he fails the exam he will be poor forever and he doesn’t want that for David’s future. David studies a lot for the exam and puts in a lot of hard work into studying.

During the exam David get’s very nervous and didn’t keep track of the time. Marlon was also sitting next to him during the test and copies a few of the multiple choice answers from Marlon. Marlon got upset that he copied his answers on the test. He was feeling that David had been rude to him by doing that because Marlon spend a lot of time and put in  a lot of effort studying and David just copied him on the test without asking for permission. I think that Marlon is being unfair because both of them studied hard and id his friend needs help he should be there for him.

Marlon and David are close friends and they should have each others backs. Marlon was not being fair to David by getting mad at David. David got nervous during the test and they both understand how stressed they were for the test.

Green Chapters 1-2

In the book “Green” it is about a boy named David Greenfeld going to school in a predominantly black school. David id white and he does not really fit in with the rest of the other students. They all tease and pick on him because he is white and they are black. This affects David’s social life because he is not able to make friends easily in school because of this difference. David was really lonely because he does not have many friends in school because other students bully him. David manages to make one friend named Marlon Wellings, and they bond over the Boston Celtics.

When David gets on the bus he sits with Kevin which is also another friend of his which he is also white. I noticed that Kevin and David stuck by each other because they were white. There were not many other white students in the school they went to. They only had each other to support and understand each other.  It was like they were the minority in the school rather than being someone else of color. The roles were reversed in this book and I really enjoyed that part because it is different.

I think its better to read a book reversed because of how different it can be. Usually stories always told as the the colored person to be the victim while the white person has all the privileges. But in this book the whitw people are the minority while the black people are not.

Moonlight

The movie “Moonlight” was about a boy named Chiron and he goes through a lot in his life from his childhood because his mother is a drug addict. He found a man named Juan that helped him once in a while when his mom would kick him out the house. Juan helped him financially and supported him when he felt alone and dint have anyone to look after him. Juan and his girlfriend both treated him good which is why Chiron kept going back to them for help.

i think as Chiron grew up older he really looked up to Juan which is why he did the same business like him. He was working on the streets like Juan did to get to the top. Chiron was a good kid in school and stayed out of trouble but after he went to jail, he understood that it’s important to make money any way possible.

Ending Namesake

The book ends with Gogol finally reading the book that his father had given to him in high school. I believe that after he read the book that’s when he realized the importance of his name Gogol. Maushumi was not being loyal to Gogol and that really broke his heart. Maushumi was the Bengali version of Max, Gogol’s ex-girlfriend. They were both selfish people that didn’t take Gogol into account, while Gogol always made sure to do that for them. I think Maushumi just had a lot of history that she never let go of before marrying Gogol. She rushed the marriage because in the Bengali culture woman are supposed to get married as soon as possible. This shows how Gogol was very selfish because she only got married to Gogol for the culture.

Gogol was always kept in the dark with Maushumi because she never told him anything about herself to him. Especially in the night when she started crying, she told Gogol she was crying because of the rain. She constantly lied to Gogol. She lied about herself, and their relationship, and that was not right what she did to Gogol. But even though Gogol would experience these things with her he didn’t really speak up and stand up for himself. He always just kept quiet about it. He even did that in his previous relationship with Maxine. He always kept quiet even if he felt like he was being fetishized by her family.. The same thing was happening with Maushumi and Gogol. She was also fetishizing Gogol because he was Bengali and he fits right in with culture and family.

In conclusion, the book was very interesting because it was different and showed the struggles of a Desi living in America. I related to some of the Desi culture and traditions being a brown person myself. 

 

The Namesake-Chapters 7-9

In these three chapters so much had happened. Ashoke passes away and the whole family gets together to mourn for his death. When Ashoke moved out to Ohio, it gave Ashima time to get used to living without her husband. At first she felt like she was very lonely but later on after she became more independent and she was able to live alone. Ashima’s children came to visit her when their father had passed. Sonia also moved back to Boston because she thought its important for someone to stay with Ashima now that she is all alone now.

Later on Gogol ends up breaking up with Maxine because of the differences in their lives. I think that this was good for Gogol because I felt like Gogol was being controlled by Maxine. This is because she would always try to drag him with her everywhere. For instance when Gogol had to take care of his father’s ashes she wanted to travel while he did that. But when Gogol said no to her she felt angry because he didn’t want to do something she wanted to do. But on the other hand Gogol never said no to her and it was a shock for Maxine to hear no from Gogol.

Afterwards Gogol meets Moushumi and everything was going good with her. They were getting along, and were really able to understand each other very well because they knew each other from a young age. They even got married and had a traditional Bengali wedding. But later on Gogol starts feeling jealous of her ex fiance. This is very toxic for their relationship because Moushumi did talk about her previous relationship a lot and it got into Gogol’s head. He felt as if Moushumi cared more about that relationship than their relationship.