A Journey Through India in the Book “Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

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Every so often, a reader may come across a story that feels as if the narrator is telling the story through his or her own life experiences. The story “Interpreter of Maladies” is a convincing third person limited omniscient narration by Jhumpa Lahiri, and it shows a diverse use of compelling characters and symbols, which allow the readers to learn how narrators can use symbols to present their emotions and characters to show their feeling. The story’s three main characters are, a designated tour guide Mr. Kapasi and Mr. and Mrs. Das, a traveling family. Lahiri emphasizes many symbols such as Mr. Kapasi’s address, a rice puff mix that Mrs. Das carries around, and she also explains how each character has very different lives.
When the address of Mr. Kapasi flies out of Mrs. Das’s bag into the sky, the author reveals Mr. Kapasi’s opinion of their relationship, it would be the beginning of a long-term relationship and maybe even a love interest. He also thought she would write him explaining her feeling to him, “She would write to him, asking about his days interpreting at the doctor’s office, and he would respond eloquently, choosing only the most entertaining anecdotes, ones that would make her laugh out loud as she read them in her house in New Jersey” (455). Mr. Kapasi dreams that Mrs. Das would than reveal that her marriage was failing, and he would do the same, and their relationship…
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