The Trap Of Eternal Love

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The Trap of Eternal Love
The taste of poison on his lips. The agony of knowledge that should have never been shared. Jhumpa Lahiri’s “A Temporary Matter” and William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” both speak to the most universal human theme, love, by exploring how we often hurt most those we love most. In order to keep her love forever, Miss Emily poisons her lover. In realization of the end of their marriage, Shukumar retributes his wife’s disclosure of her new, individual apartment with a description of their unborn son, something Shoba never wanted to know. In both short stories, the characters love, or loved, each other, yet something corrupts their love and their relationship, be it the psychological and sociological repercussions of an overprotective and domineering father, or the traumatic experience of a stillborn child. The relationships seem doomed and destined to failure when the characters ultimately hurt those they loved. Through the relationships of Shukumar and Shoba and Miss Emily and Homer, Lahiri and Faulkner explore the danger of harming those we hold dearest.
In “A Temporary Matter,” Shoba and Shukumar appeared to love each other significantly and show signs of rekindling their failing relationship, but fail to do so, resulting in an exchange of crippling secrets that not only ruins them, but changes who they are. During the blackouts and while they shared secrets with one another, Shoba and Shukumar showed duplicitous signs of potential love towards one…
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