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A Submission of My Own

While reading The Submission, I was struck with a memory of an essay contest my senior year of high school. It was during the Ground Zero mosque debacle, and we were to write an essay on our opinions of a hypothetical mosque being built near the Pentagon. I was very confused about my own feelings […]

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Surprisingly…

While reading The Submission, I was completely insulted by the ignorance of the majority of the characters in the book. Although I feel like that ignorance represented the idea of Islamophobia after 9/11, it was still horrible knowing Americans really did have that reaction. For a country built on freedoms, it seems like the citizens […]

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As we discussed in class, Changez from The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Khan from The Submission share several characteristics as they explore their identity in the two novels. At the beginning of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Changez is not much of a conformist. While he wants to fit in at Princeton, he recognizes that his exoticism gives him an advantage,”…the […]

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About all of it, and broadly, because that is how I’ve been thinking about it: in broad terms. And think about it I certainly have. In fact — and I do not mean this in any hard core academic sense (though maybe I should profess otherwise) — I’ve thought and spoken about this class far […]

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I had the pleasure of watching it through the browsing room window. Anyway. The Submission! I’m still not sure how much I like this book. Compared to Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close it was much harder for me to get through. I wasn’t drawn in,wasn’t captured, by any of the characters. I think it’s probably […]

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Submission

The  further I read into Amy Waldman’s The Submission, the more fitting I found the title.  Not only do the multiple definitions of the word “submission” explained by Charlotte in her presentation apply to the novel in different ways, in addition to the meaning of the word “Islam,” as mentioned by Maria, but the book […]

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What’s in a Name?

In reading the Submission and working on a public speaking project about math and science until 3:30am I remembered something from high school. I went to a charter school, as I’m sure most of you know, which means I had classes three days a week, math for two hours a week, science for three, college […]

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Stagnancy

This might sound like an overly harsh snap judgment, but I feel that The Submission displays an extraordinary lack of what I would describe as intellectual and emotional progress in the lives of its characters.  What’s more, this cannot be accidental on the part of Waldman. In fact, I believe that it is a vital […]

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Allegorically Gardening

It is surprising to me the number of times allegory is directly mentioned in Amy Waldman’s The Submission. Typically, in other novels the reader has to find the allegorical meaning hidden within the text. For example, when one reads The Reluctant Fundamentalist one can eventually see that the name Erica has an allegorical significance as […]

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Didn’t This Actually Happen?

Well, I know this exact scenario didn’t actually happen, but doesn’t The Submission sound like a souped up version of what could have happened during that whole “mosque at ground zero” thing?  I remember there were those two distinct sides: one side believed it was disrespectful to have an islamic worship center in the vicinity […]

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Something of an angry rant

People like Sean Gallagher are the reason I am disillusioned with the world. Granted, he is the last child of a tired mother. Granted, he is damaged. Still, in The Submission, he is the voice of the ignorant mob. This comes across most clearly on page 129 when he challenges Paul Rubin over Mohammad Khan’s right […]

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Thanks again to Yahoo! news, I’ve come across something that I think relates quite strongly not only to the entire semester we’ve spent in this class, but also quite specifically to The Submission, as well as Verena’s presentation on her visit to New York. The link I clicked on reads “See new World Trade Center […]

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Spoiler Alert

Bruce Springsteen “You’re Missing” with lyrics : As I stated in class after we listened to Bruce Springsteen’s “You’re Missing,” I was reminded of something from The Submission. Although most of you have not read it yet, the connection I made is pretty simple. Basically one of the main characters in book, Claire Burwell, lost […]

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