Throughout the stories of Interpreter of Maladies we see many symbols they convey a sense of isolation and connection in marriage and culture. In the story “A Temporary Matter” we see a major symbol that points to the isolation in marriage. This symbol is the blackout that occurs in the story. It represents the negative aspects of their marriage, but it also gives them a brief sense of connection.
In the story “A Temporary Matter” we see a married couple Shoba and Shukumar, who have had to deal with the loss of their child and just could not fix their struggles from it. Shoba and Shukumar had gotten a letter saying the power would be going out for an hour each night for the repairmen to fix the power line that had fallen down. After they had lost their child Shoba and Shukumar had fallen into an avoidance of each other. Shoba worked late and took on projects from work to be out of the house. Shukumar on the other hand recovered from the loss of their child and was giving his wife the time and space she needed to recover too. It eventual...
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- Interpreter of Maladies is just one of the many short stories written by Jhumpa Lahiri. Interpreter of Maladies is the story of an American family and an Indian tour guide, Mr. Kapasi. Driving from location to location, Mr. Kapasi revealed his second job as a translator of symptoms of patients who speak a different language than the doctor. Mrs. Das declared his job romantic. Mr. Kapasi became smitten with the woman because he himself suffered from a broken marriage. Seeking help from Mr.Kapasi, Mrs.... [tags: jhumpa lahiri, mr. kapasi, healthy marriage]
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