ENGR1bnumber4josephine - Virginia Lieu SID: 20057432...

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Virginia Lieu SID: 20057432 English R1B: The Long and Short of It May 5 , 2009 INTERPRETER OF MALADIES In Interpreter of Maladies , Jhumpa Lahiri demonstrates how her protagonists’ acceptance and attitude toward traditional gender roles affect their ability to become transnational and globalized . “Mrs . Sen’s” focuses on the story of the “profound loneliness of the wife of the primary immigrant (Mitra 1)” caused by her inability and reluctance to incorporate American values into her lifestyle . However , “This Blessed House” is based on Sanjeev and Twinkle , a newly married Indian couple , and how Twinkle’s tolerance of American culture facilitates the couple’s entrance into a transnational world . For new immigrants , being separated from one’s home and culture can be painful and have drastic effects on the heart . Favlicov states , “If home is where the heart is , and one’s heart is with one’s family , language , and country , what happens when your family , language , and culture occur two different worlds? The outcome was often to live with one’s heart divided” (Falicov 399) . Because transnationalism is founded on “not only troubled extension but also the troubled complexity of a particular nexus of space and time in postcolonial , postmodern time”
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(Moller 65) , different immigrant groups must learn to adapt and face the influx of new elements in different ways . Though some are unfortunate and remain a separate entity , an increasing number of immigrants are able to adapt and contribute to the diverse and rich culture of the United States . Transnationalism is a relatively recent concept with many varying connotations and definitions; it is “increasingly invoked notion , referring to various kinds of global or cross- border connections , currently frames the view of numerous researchers concerned with migrants and dispersed ethnic groups” (Vertovec 1) . It is a concept that originated from the increased number of connections of citizens and loosening of cultural borders across distant nations . This concept has been used in the context of new immigrants and their ability to assimilate or accept new cultures and perspectives . Though some migrants enter American society without struggles , others refuse to leave their native culture and find it hard to enter the American mainstream . This results in many conflicts over traditional values and gender roles , whether it is between spouses , family located in the native country , or between first-generation parents and their second- generation children . In the case of new Indian migrants and its relation to the themes in The Interpreter of Maladies , the highly stratified societal structure of their home country leaves a strict picture of the “traditional” Indian wife’s role and greatly alters opinions of assimilation and transnationalism .
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India has a strictly tiered social system , as in Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance , can that can be based on both societal values
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2009 for the course ENGLISH R 1 taught by Professor Tsao during the Spring '09 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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