The Inheritance of LossIn Kiran Desai’s novel The Inheritance of Loss, she efficiently utilizes a third person omniscient narrator as well as a selection of detail and figurative language to relay the serious pollution of her surroundings and her apathetic reaction to such issues in order to add to the overall impact of mood and setting, heightening the plot and sets the conflict of the theme.The selection of detail is undoubtedly the central literary device in this excerpt. The long sentences that Desai employs creates a weighty effect of fluent style and rhythm. Her implementation of adjectives to describe the setting gives the reader an accurate sense of restfulness. She contrasts the serenity described in the beginning to the heavy pollution established in the near end where the colors had been those of “dusk” and the mist had been “moving like a water creature.” The fact that she was sitting on the “veranda” as she looked up at “Kanchenjunga” shows her relaxed and apathetic nature. As the “smoke mingled with the mist” that was gathering speed up through the chimney and out, “sweeping in thicker and thicker,” the trees were submerged again. She describes the unclean air quality as well as the “thickening mist.”When the gray had permeated inside, it “settled on the silverware” and “nosed the corners.” Here, Desai portrays the issues of poverty and the struggles of being trapped in social lower-middle classes. The polluted country resulted from industrialization is a major issue that is extremely difficult to ameliorate.