There's No Place Like Home

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Numerous modern literary works rely on setting to ignite the plot and enhance the readability of a story. Oftentimes an author incorporates his own opinions and perspective into his literature to better portray the experiences of his characters. The interpretation and comprehension of a story is largely dependent on the inclusion of accounts from the author 's own life and experiences. In Sue Monk Kidd 's The Secret Life of Bees, David Guterson 's Snow Falling on Cedars, and Jhumpa Lahiri 's Interpreter of Maladies, diaspora makes it difficult for the characters to assimilate to the new customs and moral convictions of each new environment. In her novel, The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd uses her own childhood to mold the story…show more content…
The novel takes place a mere two years before Guterson 's birth, in a post-war era littered with discrimination and prejudice. Guterson 's character, Kabuo, suffers diaspora even within an all-Japanese community. The alluring town of San Piedro, "...had too a verdant beauty that inclined its residents toward the poetical. Enormous hills, soft green with cedars, rose and fell in every direction" (Snow 6). Before the murder-mystery begins, San Piedro is Utopian for the Japanese immigrants searching for new lives. The relentless Washington fog serves as the perfect backdrop for the corruption and accusations that it highlights. Also, the fog acts as a curtain that separates the small San Piedro community from the country that its Japanese residents have been transplanted to. Furthermore, the harsh, snowy weather spotlights the conflicts within the courtroom as the characters heatedly debate the unjust accusation made against Kabuo. The courtroom drama that the novel focuses on is a direct relation to Guterson 's father 's career as a lawyer in Seattle. ("David") Lahiri 's contrasting settings help to define the values that each different character embodies. The settings in her collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, have a profound impact on the perspective that each character espouses. In the stories that take place in India, such as "A Real Durwan" and the title story "Interpreter of Maladies,"
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