The settings of the stories are held in India, and they describe Indian culture as well as help you image the basic Indian rituals. Indian traditions are different than American traditions especially when it comes to getting married. For example in The Interview, the main character describes his wife and then states,” My wife is not beautiful at all. I was very disappointed in her when they first married me to her.” This states that in this story they did not know each other before the marriage and that it was probably an arranged marriage. Many countries in the Middle East and Asia have arranged marriages, the family usually picks a suitable partner for their son/daughter that way the family approves and knows their children are in good hands. In the Wog the main character, Mr.Sen’s mother asked him if she could find a wife for him and he agreed to make his mother happy and she ended up putting an advertisement in a newspaper stating,”Wanted a fair good looking virgin of a high class respectable family for an Oxford educated Bengali youth of 25 drawing over Rs. 1,000 p.m. in first class gazette Government Service….” In America, we have a tradition where we find someone and decide on our own if we want to marry them, nobody puts an article in the newspaper asking for a husband/wife.
Both these stories also have similar characters; both the characters are delusional and think they are special and better than everybody else. In the Interview, the main character thought he was so extraordinary and he thought ever...
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... because living with his sister-in-law makes him feel happy. The wife in this story constantly gets ignored by her husband because he does not take her advice, to get their own house and their own life. In the Wog, Mr. Sen ignores his wife from the very beginning; the first sentence he spoke to his wife was when he asked her if his cigar smoke bothers her. When they stopped for lunch, they eat their own meals without saying a word to each other. In the end Mrs. Sen ends up killing herself because she realized she states she is not worthy of her husband. He ignored her so much to the point where she could not even handle it anymore and ended her life.
Overall, both of these stories The Interview by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and The Wog by Khushwant Singh have a lot in common when it involves Indian traditions, the settings of the story and the character’s personalities.
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