Critical Analysis based on theme: Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth
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In Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth, “Only Goodness” is a short story that delves further in the relationships of an American Bengali family dealing with an addiction of a family member, and is expressed through the protagonist Sudha, and her brother Rahul. The conflict of this story is Rahul’s drinking becoming a problem that not only affected him but his family as a whole, and that becomes the struggle between his family and himself. The plot in “Only Goodness” revolves around an American Bengali family that struggles with their son Rahul who is an alcoholic. Rahul and his sister Sudha were their parents’ biggest successes, but he ends up becoming more distant from his family throughout. Later on, the story focuses on his further…show more content… This notable example of alcoholism within families isn’t only evident with Cafferty as you have many other families such as young children who may have alcoholic parent(s), and the negative effects that has on the children can affect them in their later years. Those children that grow up with the influence of alcohol within their families are prone to end up following in the footsteps of their parents, as their alcoholic lifestyles essentially creates the staple of normality that the young children are accustomed to.
Another cause of alcoholism is distrust. When growing up people can become either scarred or traumatized in some way or another, and as a result that created a voice in the back of their head that said it’s better to not trust someone in fear of being hurt in the same way again. The effect of that ideology is turning to another medium as comfort; hence alcoholism becoming the long term result. Alternatively as stated before that being in families where alcoholism is ever so apparent the effect that can be drawn up from alcoholism is instead of directly following your parents footsteps you learn to not place trust in people. They learn from their alcoholic parent(s) that it’s better for their own well being to not place their trust into anyone. That becomes a never ever ending circle with alcoholism, as those