Lexical And Axical Analysis Of 'Interpreter Of Maladies'

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‘Interpreter of Maladies’ is a collection of nine short stories. The stories are about the Indians, caught between the culture they have inherited and the one, they have to adapt. All the stories almost remain the same in themes yet ideas differ in their perspectives. They present Indian immigrant people in different and variant roles and situations. Being herself the child of immigrant parents, living in the United States, Lahiri’s characters are also portraiture of such people, torn between two different national identities.
All the works of Lahiri have been appraised through many doctoral thesis, dissertations and research papers throughout the globe. Many research thesis have explored many aspects of Lahiri’s works: nostalgia, diaspora,
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So, it’s essential to carry out such analysis. Such analysis adds another perspective which opens new windows to look and observe the author more intimately.
Now the paper will focus upon the lexical and syntactic analysis of ‘Interpreter of Maladies’.
Lexical Analysis: Lexical analysis refers to the study of lexis or words. It will focus upon the variety of lexis used by Lahiri in ‘Interpeter of Maladies’. The study of this book collection brings out the following types of lexis listed below with examples from the texts.
Hyphenated Words: tree-lined street, brick-faced stores (pg.7) cross-legged (23) Part-time (27 six-thirty (31) three-story (41) mid-july (43) Forty-six (45) fifty-two miles (47) three dimensional(70) flat-building (72) egg-shaped(87) good-bye(95) twenty-two(86) double-parked(101) baby-sitters(111) drum-shaped(112) Post-it(136) peanut-tears(139) vermilion-painted fish(160) zoo-garden(161)
Compound
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Why scrape time from a betel leaf?” (72) “What can I get you, honey?” (86)
Yes-No Type Questions:
“Is this book a part of your report, Lilia?”
“No, Mrs Kenyon. “ (33)
“Did he smoke cigarettes?”
“No.” (51)
Dialogue Form:-
“Let’s do that,” she said suddenly.
“Do what?”
“Say something to each other in the dark.”
“Like what? I don’t know any jokes.”
“No, no jokes.” She thought for a minute. (13)
Quaesito:
“What exactly do they teach you at school? Do you study history? Geography?” (26)
“How do you mean? How could it be?” (51) “Why demand specifies? Why scrape lime from a beetel leaf? (72) “Would there be other children in the apartment? Had Mrs.Sen cared for children before?” (113)?
Use Of But:
“But then one day he saw her standing before the bathroom mirror, solemnly applying, with the head of a thumbtack, a fresh stroke of scarlet powder, which she stored in a small jam jar,” (117)
“But I can cook something with the vinegar.” (137)
“But then a new treatment was prescribed for Bibi.” (161) “But there was no ship’s deck to escape to, no glittering ocean to thrill my soul, no breeze to cool my face, no one to talk to.”

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