Conflict: Leigh Botts struggles with his parent's divorce and wishes they would get remarried. He also has a difficult relationship with his father. Climax: As his relationship with his father worsens, Leigh’s writing improves. Leigh calls his father after a long silence and discovers that not only has he neglected to call his son, but that he has lost his dog, and has a girlfriend with a son. Leigh matures as he comes to understand that his parents will never remarry.
Mr. Kapasi is first attracted to Mrs. Das when she took high interests in his occupation as a translator. She went as far as using the word, "romantic"(p. 53, Lahiri) It's ironic because in his culture, it was an everyday job with no joys or responsibility, but in the American point of view it seems to be a big responsibility and a wonderful deed to do. Another example of irony that is found when comparing both novels together is the marriage of Shoba and Shakumar and the marriage of Jorge and Marie Arana. The irony lies within how Shoba and Shakumar are similar in race, goals, and culture yet have a failing marriage where Jorge and Marie are complete opposites in race, goals, culture yet have a strengthened marriage. In conclusion, the two themes of marriage and opposition in the novels Interpreters of Maladies and American Chica are seen to overlap in order to serve the thematic functions such as driving the plot, creating conflicts, and generating
Throughout all of the short stories contained in Jhumpa Lahiri’s book Interpreter of Maladies there is a common theme of alienation. Many of the characters in her stories are first and second generation immigrants to a new nation and life style in America. We see a clash of cultures as the east meets the west in “Mrs. Sen’s” also in “When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine.” There are many reasons why a person would leave there home country to start a new life in America, maybe to seek refuge in a country without war right around the corner of your house, or possibly to better yourself and seek an education that could be brought back to your home country. Mr. Pirzada is one of those many souls that leave what they know to start over new in a strange land.
Lahiri writes about how his marriage isn’t harmonious and how Mr. Kapasi longs to establish a relationship with Mrs. Das. Mr Kapasi is also seen as modest when he fails to see how important his job is (pg 51). Towards the beginning of the story, Mrs. Das is interpreted as a lady who has distanced herself from her family and acts more as a “sister” to her children than the parent she is. This is evidential when on page 48, Mrs. Das declines her daughter’s wish for painted nails by telling her, “Leave me alone… You’re making me mess up.” While it is expected for an older sibling to nonchalantly wave away a younger one, the same attitude is not usually likely with parents. On page 49, Lahiri lets it be known that Mr. Kapasi acknowledges that the Das’ acted as older siblings to the children rather than parents.
Just like his back, his life is broken. The character of Crooks foreshadows the end of George and Lennie when he taunts Lennie in the stable. Crooks scares Lennie by telling him that George will never return. In the end, Crooks prediction comes true. “Eleanor Rigby” by Paul McCartney and John Lennon also relates to loneliness because Eleanor Rigby is a lonely person who doesn’t have anyone to share her life with.
This stance was clearly built up in Lahiri’s depiction of Mrs Sen, she came to America with her husband, a professor who adjusted himself finely into the new culture and barely had an understanding of her malady- including the fear of learning to drive and finding the equilibrium of facing new life and homesickness. Learning to drive symbolised to live independently and finally integrating into the American culture, whereas for Mrs Sen, she voiced that she ‘hate it, she hate driving’ after being coerced to drive under Mr Sen’s instruction. Mrs. Sen hatred to drive stemmed from her unwillingness to transform her fear into the courage to change to adapt into the new culture. Also, the fish that she often bought served to illustrate her resistance to accommodate into the new culture, as Mrs Sen recalled solemnly that “everything is there” in India, Mrs.Sen never tried to integrate into this new environment .she relied on fish as a connection to her Indian culture rather than cooking American- style dishes. Lahiri points out that communication is essential, both for societies and for individuals within society.
Gregor's search for his identity seems hopeless, but, because he never had an identity to start with. He finds his humanity only at the end, when his sister's playing of her violin reminds him of his love for his family. What we don’t realize is in that someway everyone is alienated. Gregor does not truly see reality exposed after his metamorphosis, he gradually dies from his family’s neglect and from his own depression; life would go on but, not for him. When Gregor wakes up from his Metamorphosis, he acted as if nothing had happened.
“This grew; I gave commands; then all smiles stopped together.” This quote creates a sense of loneliness to the reader seeing as the speaker is saying that “all smiles stopped” implies that the person who smiled is no longer alive but now dead. Being alone in a household after someone has died makes you lonely. Even though the speaker doesn’t say this the reader can tell this is what he is feeling because of the fact that he is now looking for a new wife to give him company. We can see this by the quote: “Though his fair daughter’s self, as I avowed”. When lonely you look for company; searching for a new wife/partner is the same as searching for company to fill in the loneliness.
The phrase ‘artificial night’ might suggest that Romeo is always sleeping and barely leaves his room. ‘Artificial’ could mean that his love was unreal so he locks himself out of happiness and sits in his room alone, waiting. Similarly, Keats uses pathetic fallacy to demonstrate the knight’s negative experiences using pathetic fallacy. The passerby describes how ‘The sedge is wither’d from the lake, /And no birds sing.’ The phrase ‘no bird song’ might suggest that he is would like to be dead because ‘birds’ symbolise live and happiness, a bird song is a happy tune you hear thorough-out the day however saying ‘no’ demonstrates that he is no longer interested in happy tunes because of his broken heart. ‘Wither’d’ could suggest that he is that his heart has dried up because the women he fell in love with has left him.
As an elderly man nears death, his daughter is persuaded to abandon her people’s tradition of looking after their “own”, because she cannot bear to watch her father die. The setting encourages the reader to think about the writer’s ideas, because the heat and drought reflect the deterioration of the old man’s life. He is a good man whose recollections show a full and significant existence. She takes him to a nursing home, but is sent away because of the colour of her father’s skin. His poor treatment there is more shocking because he has been drawn as a character who had, “worked hard” and ”owed nothing to any man.” Mrs Edwards, the daughter, is confused at first by the nun’s reaction to seeing her.