Richard Wright 's `` Black Boy `` And The Plethora Of Societies Jhumpa Lahiri

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As a young, black, boy growing up in the Jim Crow South, Richard Wright is expected to act like any typical black-accept the whites as his superiors, learn how to work for the whites instead of receiving a proper education, and put his faith in God that things will turn out alright. In another world, characters in the Interpreter of Maladies, such as, Boori Ma, Bibi Haldar, and other disrespected people are disregarded and ostracized because of their differences from their families and overall community. The society Richard Wright writes about in his autobiography, Black Boy, and the plethora of societies Jhumpa Lahiri portrays in her collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, demonstrate how certain figures are alienated for not following the same ways of life they are expected to adhere to, overall, revealing their society’s assumptions and moral values. Both Bibi and Richard are told that they should not be ambitious. Although the two have very different goals in mind, they are both told that their desires are unachievable. Bibi, in “The Treatment of Bibi Haldar” has hopes and desires of being loved or being married to someone. When she and her friends push her cousin, Haldar, to help begin the matrimony-introduction process, he questions “…who would marry her?” (Lahiri 163). Haldar’s negative response demonstrates that he is not only unsupportive, but he has no faith that someone could love an ill, uneducated, unsuitable housewife like Bibi. On the other
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