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1 Caffrey Francis Dr. Griffin April 25, 2011 COR-102-12: 10-10:50am Hybridity Position In Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel Interpreter of Maladies , Lahiri tells a short story called, The Third and Final Continent , which depicts a positive experience of Indian, immigrates in America. In Lahiri’s short story The Third and Final Continent , she demonstrates through the Indian man’s perspective that the hybridity that he and his wife encounter as American immigrates offers possibilities and different ways of living that benefit them. Through The Third and Final Continent , Lahiri tells of an Indian husband and his wife who are encountering American’s culture. As the American immigrates become accustom to America’s culture, they incorporate American and Indian culture through their relationships, language, clothing, and food. The American immigrates establish a hybridity position as they merge American culture with their Indian culture. As the Indian husband migrates to America before his wife does, he confronts American culture alone. As the Indian husband moves into a room in Mrs. Croft’s house, he immanently wonders who takes care of Mrs. Croft because she is an elderly woman who walks with a cane. Although he finds out that Mrs. Croft’s daughter, Helen checks up on her and brings her groceries once a week, he is still shocked that Mrs. Croft is not constantly looked after. This is the first instance that the Indian husband realizes the cultural differences in relationships. In
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2 India, when his mother was dying he would, “… sit by (his) mother’s feet and study for exams…” so he could watch over her (Lahiri 181). When his mother died, “… he cleaned each of her fingernails with a hairpin before cremating her, and then, because (his) brother could not bear it. (He) had assumed the role of eldest son, and had touched the flame to her temple, to release her tormented soul to heaven” (182). He is realizing that although India’s culture expects family members constantly looking after their family members who are dying, in America there is not an overall expectation of how much family members need to look after their family members who are dying. When Lahiri depicts the Indian’s wife Mala asking him, “But who takes
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