"The Bollywood-ized suburban wedding hall feels pretty cinematic, yet the thought of the award social situations to come makes me turn back and look longingly at the doors. But there is no escape." (4)
"You should be here!" (3)
Progress Report #3: ThemeBy Leah Cunningham
Theme Development #2
"Sorry I'm not Miss Mary Sunshine, but a so-called Muslim sociopath attacked us. Again. If these jerks hate America so much, why don't they stay in their own countries?" (154)
One major theme in the story is diversity in cultures. Maya's whole family is Muslim, but Maya was born and has lived in America her whole life. Throughout the story, American and Muslim cultural diversity becomes clearer. Her parents keep to strict Muslim religion and apply it to Maya's life as much as possible. However, Maya tends to side more with American culture and wants to have more American experiences.
Theme Development #3
"But I'm tired of fighting. I tried to step out of the stereotypical good Indian girl mold-with Phil, my movies, New York-and now my whole life is a dumpster fire. So what's the point." (191)
The theme of diversity in culture starts to develop at the very beginning of the story. Maya's family is going to her friend Ayesha's wedding when she suddenly gets a text from Violet who is at MORP. She's dressed in skinny jeans with lip gloss on and everyone's at the informal prom. Meanwhile, Maya is at a Muslim wedding wearing Indian clothes, high heels, and gold jewelry. Maya wishes she was at MORP, but instead she is surrounded by Muslim culture at an arranged marriage of her friend. This helps to develop the plot by showing us a Muslim wedding which is a part of Muslim culture and what is also going on at MORP in American culture.
"Mom can't you for once care what I think? You and dad came to America-you left your parents back in India because that's what you wanted for yourselves. You took a chance. That's what I want, too." (249)
A da after the bombing, Maya is shaken from the who experience and she doesn't understand why someone would do this. Muslims think of the bombing as a sin and a terrible tragedy, but some Americans, including Brain, immediately believe that Muslims just hate America. Cultural diversity is shown through Muslim and American reaction to the bombing. Maya and her family think what Americans are doing is very wrong, but they do not say that they hate America and that they'll go get revenge on them.
After the bombing happened, Maya's parents became more protective of her because death threats were targeted towards Islams/Muslims. Maya realizes that she has nothing else to fight for. She has tried both cultures. She has been a good Indian girl for most of her life and it was easier. Then she wanted a change. Maya became more American and started making movies, going on dates in secret, and sneaking out to places. Theme develops through both American and Muslim cultures. They're very different from each other and provide many difficult obstacles along the way of life.
"Maya, listen. Whatever happens, you can't stop making your movies. Promise me your won't give up. You've got to fight for what you want." (190)
The theme is solved by Maya choosing American culture over staying with her parents. Although she's been raised a Muslim all her life, she still wants to live her American dream by travelling away from her family and going to college at NYU. If she were to stay with her parents, part of their decision would be of culture. Her parents set high expectations for her and Maya would've went to a college close to home with the best education. Unlike her parents, Maya wants to go see the rest of America and meet new people which studying film in New York. She wants to take a chance in the American world.