Zuniga 1Citlalic ZunigaProfessor Edward MallotENG 20010 November 2019Life brings a unique perspective to everyone; not all lives are the same. We all go throughour own troubles and each of us deals with it differently. Yet, though we live different, we can allagree that love is what brings us all together. As we analyzeInterpreter of Maladies, we are taken into the different lives of Indian immigrants who each struggle to find their happiness. Each story shows us their own motif, yet all these stories are connected and arranged in a way for the reader to appreciate the success of our characters as they face loss, heartbreak and betrayal. Are all these stories related to each other? And if so, how does their arrangement affect their relationship? What does the title represent? By analyzing each story, we can find these answers.ARRANGEMENT OF STORIES When reading the collection of Interpreter of Maladies, the reader is taken to different environments in each story. Each has its own theme and perspective; however, all the stories have one common entity: Indian immigrants. These characters face different challenges throughout their lives and no two stories are the same. Yet, are these stories which are so different be in some way related? And if they are, why are these nine stories arranged or placed in the order we find them?The collection begins with the short story “A Temporary Matter”which is about heartbreak, loss and how a marriage does not last forever. We are quickly introduced to Shoba who decides to leave her husband Shukumar and in reciprocal, Shukumar reveals the final
Zuniga 2moments of their stillborn child. This story sets the tone and expectations of our heroines for the rest of the collection. Which gives the reader a glimpse of what the rest of the stories are to present.As we go to or next stories of When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dineand Interpreter of Maladies, we are yet again introduced to a melancholy tone. However, we are slowly raising our expectations as we hope that Mr. Pirzada does find his family and that the relationship between Mr. Kapasi and Mrs. Das turns into a fulfillment of love.