Question by Mary: Brief explanation of two significant ideas in the book Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri?
Answer by Alva
The stories are about the lives of Indians and Indian Americans who are caught between the culture they have inherited and the “New World” they now find themselves in.1. the idea of care and neglect is present in all nine of the stories.2. It also reflects the trauma of self-transformation though immigration, which can result in a series of broken identities that form “multiple anchorages.” Lahiri’s stories show the diasporic struggle to keep hold of culture as characters create new lives in foreign cultures. Relationships, language, rituals, and religion all help these characters maintain their culture in new surroundings even as they build a “hybrid realization” as Asian Americans.
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