Comparing Management Of Grief And Lahiri's Short Stories

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Bharati Mukherjee’s “The Management of Grief,” and Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies” both illustrate female character’s who struggle when they face the tragic loss of their children. In their short stories, Mukherjee and Lahiri both incorporate the journey of grief a mother faces, however both texts offer a vast difference surrounding each woman’s attitudes toward losing children. While Mukherjee’s “The Management of Grief” and Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies” both highlight the overwhelming grief that surrounds the loss of children, Mukherjee’s story allows the interpretation of a protagonist holding onto hope, and finding the strength to accept her tragic loss and move forward. In Lahiri’s story, by contrast, no real acceptance…show more content…
However, she also gains the realization that she is too young to give up her journey towards acceptance and moving forward. Back in Toronto, as she walks down the street she hears the voices of her loved ones. They whisper that it’s her time and to “be brave” (396). Shaila drops the “package” in her hand on a bench, and keeps walking forward (396). Mukherjee uses the voices of her family to encourage her to drop the “package” (396). This can represent the grief and suffering she holds onto. Through letting go, Shaila can finally start walking toward a life of healing. Furthermore, she understands her family is always watching over her, and she must keep moving forward for herself, as well as them.
In Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies,” the Das family travels to India every couple of years to visit their parent’s, who recently moved there. The young family hires Mr. Kapasi, who gives tour guides on the weekends. During the weekdays, Mr. Kapasi is an interpreter in a Doctor’s office. However, he viewed his occupation as “a sign of his failings” (Charters 549). He dreamt of accomplishing more as an interpreter, and only took this job when his son became ill
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