Interpreter Of Maladies By Jhumpa Lahiri

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The short story, “Interpreter of Maladies,” written by Jhumpa Lahiri, is about an Indian tour guide who has an epiphany once he realizes that one of his clients finds his side job, an interpreter for the doctor, romantic. Mrs. Das, the one who appears to show interest in the tour guide’s occupation, struggles throughout her married life to remain loyal and loving to her husband. This characteristic of Mrs. Das’ is highlighted through the author’s use of tone, which is defined as the way the author feels about a certain character. As well, the use of tone, seen specifically in the diction, syntax, and detail of this story, helps to identify and support various themes. Lahiri’s use of a condescending tone towards Mrs. Das bolsters the theme that unfaithfulness causes someone to become alienated from their family. Lahiri uses diction to display a condescending tone towards Mrs. Das, which demonstrates Mrs. Das lack of connection with her family. This is seen when Lahiri is describing Mrs. Das affair with her husband’s friend, and Lahiri states, “She made no protest when the friend touched the small of her back… He made love to her swiftly, in silence, and with expertise she had never known” (Lahiri 130). This quote showcases the condescending tone towards Mrs. Das with the use of diction. Using words and phrases such as “made no protest,” and “expertise,” Lahiri shows how Mrs. Das is not opposed to the affair, but rather welcoming of it, and excited by it. The word “expertise”
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