Interpreter of Maladies

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Interpreter of Maladies By: Jhumpa Lahiri Loneliness What is the relation between the characters in A Temporary Matter, Sexy, and Interpreter of Maladies? Loneliness is a deep sense of remorse and emotional isolation that some people feel which is common throughout the world. That is the feeling that the main characters in A Temporary Matter, Sexy, and Interpreter of Maladies all have in common. “A Temporary Matter” The first story, A Temporary Matter, shows that the young married couple, Shukumar and Shoba, had problems in their marriage and because of that, their marriage has fallen apart. The trouble started when Shoba delivered a baby boy which was dead. That’s one thing that ruined what could’ve been a long, normal happy marriage. Since then, Shoba and Shukumar’s relationship had been very distant. Shoba would constantly come home from work late while Shukumar was taking care of things at home. Shukumar kept avoiding Shoba when they were at home together. She would try her best to connect with him but it would never work out. She must have felt lonely in a way. When they finally lose touch with one another, even though living in the same house, a temporary problem comes into hand. The power is suppose to be cut off for a couple of days at night. This temporary problem saves their relationship for the meantime. They play a game in which they tell secrets to each other every night the that the power’s out. Shoba’s confessions focus on the relationship in contrast. Shukumar’s confessions focus on things that he personally did. He had no regrets about their relationship. All his regrets were about things he did outside their relationship. At the end of the story, Shoba tells Shukumar about her decision to move into a new apartment by herself. That’s when Shukumar tells her something very deep. He tells her that he knew the baby’s
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