Poor communication and unexpressed feelings cause distress for characters in the stories.’ Discus In Jhumpa Lahiri’s collection of short stories ‘Interpreter of Maladies’, poor communication and suppressed feelings result in distress for characters. Many protagonists in these stories have all been through some sort of anxiety due to impaired communication with those around them. Mrs Das in ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ seeks consolation for her guilt from Mr Kapasi, whom was having difficulty himself communicating with his wife. In ‘Sexy’, Miranda misinterprets Dav’s meaning of sexy and In ‘A Temporary Matter’, Shoba and Shukumar hardly interacted with each other anymore after their baby died. Mrs In ‘This Blessed House’, newly wed Twinkle and Sanjeev had numerous fights over Christian artefacts found throughout the house.
Through these stories, Lahiri is trying to convey that healthy communication is essential to maintain connections with people so that we will not fail in many ways such as failure in romance. Usually in a tragedy, husbands and wives would comfort and assuage one another, try putting the past behind and move forward together. Following the stillbirth, both Shoba and Shukumar grieved separately and ever since then their relationship went downhill. However in ‘A Temporary Matter’ this was not the case for Shoba and Shukumar. “Instead he thought of how she and Shukumar had become experts at avoiding each other in their three-bedroom house, spending as much time on separate floors as possible.” Lahiri chooses to write from Shukumar’s point of view so that readers would not be expecting Shoba’s ulterior motive for introducing the game, which was in order to gently reveal she was moving out by herself.
Furthermore, through Shukumar, we can understand what kind of a person Shoba initially was, “She wasn’t this way before.” prior to the incident and also see how much she has changed. “In the beginning he had believed that it would pass, that he and Shoba would get through it all somehow.” Here we can see that Shukumar had hopes that he and Shoba could live normally again, but merely hoping did not solve anything as he clearly did not put effort into making that happen. Instead, the two of them just waited for one another to make a move. Consequently, the stalemate and lack of communication between the two had caused the married couple to be awkward and uncomfortable being around each other, and thus the main cause for the downfall of their marriage.
Mr Kapasi and Mrs Das struggle to interpret each other’s maladies.
Interpreter of Maladies Essay
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Lahiri’s stories show the importance of communication in relationships. Discuss.
Interpreter of Maladies focuses on communication as one of the universal themes throughout the book. The stories demonstrate how communication is the key to the success or failure of relationships. While there are instances when communication is effectively employed and therefore enabled the characters to build strong and intimate connections, there are examples of where communication was superficial or ineffectual, leading to unstable, limited relationships. Jhumpa Lahiri illustrates the importance of communication within relationships by allowing readers to experience the consequences and advantages that have developed as a result throughout the short…show more content…
Kapasi and Mrs. Das are incapable of reaching a true friendship because they are anxious to openly speak with each other. Mrs. Das’ confession has unrealistic expectations and was not used as a way of mutually exchanging ideas or building a relationship, but rather using Mr. Kapasi to interpret her maladies and gain forgiveness. Communication can become miscommunication if both individuals are not aligned in their expectations of the conversation.
In A Temporary Matter, the breakdown of Shukumar and Shoba’s relationship is based purely on their discretion to communicate with one other. After the stillbirth of the baby, both Shukumar and Shoba begin to adopt changes in their habits. Shoba becomes evidently more distant, while Shukumar undertakes cooking in order to demonstrate his care for Shoba.
It was confessing their secrets during the blackouts that became their main form of communication, and eventually their safe place. Although this served temporarily to build intimacy between them, it was inadequate to keep them together. They shared their secrets they would have otherwise not have told, they embraced each other and upmost they communicated with each other. Communication is important in this relationship because following the death of their baby, the couple never shared the same means of dealing with the tragedy. This leads to ineffectively expressing their feelings between each other, which results in the