Jhumpa Lahiri's 'Interpreter Of Maladies'

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When individuals find themselves caught in between two different cultures, it can cause difficulties in their lives during the struggle to search for their own identities. In Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri, these individuals deal with instances of both care and neglect while adjusting to the new world and the unknown future after recently leaving their homeland due to political or economic reasons. As fate leads these individuals according to their social status, they often find themselves trapped between what they are and what they strive to become. Marriage and relationships can often be set back when emotions and feeling are left unexpressed due to the new adjustments while on the search for ones own identity in the new world.…show more content…
Boori Ma now is feared by all of the residents who deem her as dangerous and unfit for her job, which is ironic as she once was the one who protected he residents by guarding the gates of her complex. Mr. Chatterjee asserts “Boori Ma's mouth is full of ashes…what a building like this needs is a real durwan" (82). Due to her extravagant stories about her past, Boori Ma’s credibility is hurt when she tells the residents it was not her who stole the basin. They think that the building needs a new durwan who actually does their job correctly. In The Treatment of Bibi Haldar, the importance of belongingness in a society is shown as we see Bibi Haldars ultimate transformation from an insufficient ill woman into a woman who finally has a meaningful place in her community once she finally finds out the true “cure” for her “illness.” Like Boori Ma, it is very apparent that loud and talkative Bibi Haldar is also suffering. Just as Shukumar is frustrated because of his inferiority due to his lack of employment and motivation, Boori Ma feels just as useless once she is left jobless due to the residents of her complex. These characters were neglected by the

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