“They wept together, for the things they now knew.”(104) The last sentence of the first story in Interpreter of Maladies, reveals the cruelty of the elapsed romance in a marriage. In the two collections, A Temporary Matter and The Third and Final Continent, Jhumpa Lahiri demonstrates that a marriage can be either uplifting or discouraging depends on the mindset held by the couple and the strength of human bonding. Lahiri emphasizes the significance of mindset and human bondings through the ending of the two stories. The endings of the two stories are polar opposite : In A Temporary Matter, Shukumar and Shobha weeps for the termination of their relationship; The Third and Final Continent, by contrast, the protagonist(MIT) enjoys a fairytale-like
Plot is one of the most important aspects of any story or novel. Without plot, there is no point to the story being told. If there are characters walking through the woods the reader needs to know why they are walking through the woods and where they are going. In “Indian Education” there is a clear and concise plot that follows a logical sequence of events. For example, when Victor is shown to be in second grade he narrates that his teacher “…sent a letter home with me that told my parents to either cut my braids or keep me home from class.” This causes feelings of outrage in not only Victor, but his parents too. Later, as an act of defiance towards his oppressors, Victor tells the reader that his graduation cap does not fit because of his extremely long hair. With each event that happens, the reader can connect it to another event or the story as a whole without confusion or difficulty.
Being subjected through sets of dramatic circumstances, both Shukumar and Lee attempt to strive forward to keep what is left of their relationships close, yet their unforgiving fates drive their determination toward their very limits. Throughout my readings in “A temporary Matter” by Jhumpa Lahiri and “Coming Home Again” by Chang-Rae Lee, the authors of both novels foretell that unresolved conflicts and despondent settings are very detrimental to the development of human character.
Lindhout begins her book with a prolog. The Prolog starts in Somalia, where Lindhout explains the houses her captors kept them. The initial chapters encompassed her
In the novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part time Indian”, author Sherman Alexie shares a compelling story representing racial issues among communities and families in cultural areas today, and a boy’s journey to find who he truly is, while being torn between two cultures. In this novel the main character, young Junior finds himself truly understanding that he is more than just an indian. In order to know more about the plot behind the novel, author Alexie takes the reader into Junior’s perspective to bring the story to life and let the reader understand how racial issues along with family problems make a play into today’s society. The novel shows a countless number of situations Junior encounters that impact his life throughout the novel.
The plot in the short story “Hindus” demonstrates how a certain sequence of events can help people better understand themselves. Leela meets many different and unique people on her journey throughout
In “The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie tells the authors story, represented by the main character Junior. The main character is referred to by many names throughout the book. The author focuses on how extremely poor, and the strict line between the “whites” and the “indians”. Most struggle with finding their “identity”. A concept that Junior faces throughout the book. There is a lot of loss, and death throughout the book, yet it is categorized as a story full of joy and hope.
Forming a new identity in a foreign country is not an easy task. Immigrants usually face challenges to identify themselves. Identity formation is the development of one’s distinctive personality due to particular reasons such as new environment, new culture and conflicts. During the process, some characters from Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake either create or deny the bond with their own culture; some undergo conflicts among generations. Those processes reflect significantly in Ashima and Gogol throughout the book. The degree of assimilations determines to what extent the characters have formed the new identity in the new culture.
Bharathi Mukherjee’s later novels Jasmine(1989), The Holder of the World(1993) and Leave It to Me(1997) comprised her last creative phase conveniently termed here as the phase of immigration. By now she has travelled a long distance in terms of thematic perception and character portrayal. Beginning with an expatriate’s uprooted identity in the early 70’s, her creative faculty explored the transitional dilemma of characters in early 80’s, whose acculturation bids were occasionally thwarted by the complexity of cultural plurality in the adopted land. However, after the publication of The Middleman(1998), the process of cultural acclimatization appears to be complete and the characters betray the confidence of an immigrant, almost a naturalized citizen, in facing the challenges of human life.
Ultimately, the four sections of the novel helped develop Laila and Mariam’s character because each section represented a different time in their lives. It also helps provide the reader with a clear contrast between their characters as one is a “city girl” whereas the other was a “village girl”, but it did not matter where they came from because at the end of the novel they were both shown in a positive light for their own reasons. The theme of education brings the characters and the style of the novel
When the novel begins, Amari is a happy teenager, engaged to the most handsome and well known man in her African village, and admired by her parents. When the white men enter her village for the first time, the people of Africa welcome them with open arms, but little did they know that the men came only for violence. The white o men kill most of Amari's village before setting it to flames. They shackle the healthy youth and pack them tightly into a slave ship
Ashoke Ganguli, a Calcutta, India native and father of two American-born children plays a significant role, despite not being the protagonist of The Namesake. From the start, Ashoke struggles with balancing both Bengali and American cultures in his family life. Thus, his children grow up torn between their Indian roots and their Americanized mindset, particularly his son. Although the novel revolves around his son, Ashoke’s character kindles a major theme and informs the readers about the difference between the cultures and settings in the book. Hence, Ashoke is categorized as a character who takes on a major role in the work as a whole.
In many works of literature, especially those coming in Africa, Indian, Middle East, we meet characters who are struggling with their identities, culture, religions, submission of other people or country. As we can imagine when you analyze the novels from these countries as we cites the problem of characters are the same as: economic, political, cultural, and emotional effects that colonizer brought and left behind, these are called emotional trauma for the people of these nations cited. The literature asks the readers to enter a text through the post-colonial lens; the chart will help how the approach can be analyzed in reading of a text, the reader would look for the effects of colonialism and how the characters they addressed through of
Chinua Achebe chose to write his novels in English to reveal a deep response of his people to colonisation and to make that response understood to people all over the world. Things Fall Apart was written in English to teach people worldwide of the struggles he faced and the people of Nigeria faced growing up. Many authors and critics have written about Achebe’s ‘Things fall apart’ adding their valued opinion on what he was trying to say and his decision to write in English. In the following essay I will be discussing why Achebe wrote the novel Things Fall apart in English and what messages he was trying to reveal, through the help of critics and secondary sources.
As she tries to readapt to the ways of her Native American roots, she realizes that she feels foreign in her own home. Her story of “Four Strange Summers” depicts her emotional turmoil for her self-conflict towards her own culture. “Even nature seemed to have no place for me. I was neither a wee girl nor a tall one; neither a wild Indian nor a tame one. This deplorable situation was the effect of my brief course in the East…” The turning point in her decision to return to boarding school is when her cousin refuses to take her along to a civilized party. “That moonlight night, I cried in my mother's presence when I heard the jolly young people pass by our cottage.” 15 year old Zitkala-Sa is devastated and doesn’t understand why her cousin won’t let her join him. Her mother weeps for Zitkala-Sa’s pain and it is then that the thoughts of running away come to her mind. And she leaves “A few more moons of such a turmoil drove me away to the Eastern school.” Her time on the reservation taught her that she is not the same person as she was before. Zitkala-Sa wants succeed in the White