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Interpreter - In Mr Kapasi’s opinion “it was a...

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Katie Davidson Professor Nolan English II 13 September 2009 Lonely, I’m Mr. Kapasi Jhumpa Lahiri meditates on loneliness and human connection in “Interpreter of Maladies.” Mr. Kapasi lives an unfulfilled life interpreting others’ problems and ailments while completely neglecting his own needs. The loneliness he experiences, the deep sense of regret and emotional seclusion, tugs at the heartstrings, as it is common theme today. Mr. Kapasi once had dreams of being an interpreter of many languages for world diplomats, but unforeseen circumstances take his life in another direction. Now he finds himself very much alone, his meager existence marked by his ability to interpret the ailments of the body for a young doctor.
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Unformatted text preview: In Mr. Kapasi’s opinion, “it was a thankless occupation…and he had found noble in interpreting peoples’ maladies” (Lahiri 584). Mr. Kapasi, however, is not a typical tour guide/ interpreter. He plays an important role in covering the beauty and cruelty of life. No matter where people are from, they need human contact. Humanity needs to impart its messages in order to feel whole. Mr. Kapasi’s yearning for attention overwhelms his good judgment, and he eventually ends up disappointed. A loveless marriage provides the feelings of pain and isolation that Mr. Kapasi feels. The need for human connection and relief from loneliness proves to be a major motivating factor behind his actions....
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