life and death of his family

life and death of his family - pocket and hopes of...

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pocket and hopes of ascertaining the life and death of his family. His name was Pirzada, and he came from Dhaka, now the capital of Bangladesh, but then part of Pakistan. That year Pakistan was engaged in a civil war." Mr. Pirzada had come to the United States to study the foliage of New England. But the war begins in 1971, and he becomes a sort of war refugee. He yearns to be back in his homeland, and his identity is fumbling to such an extent that his pocket watch is set to Dhacca standard time, eleven hours ahead. It is almost as if his shadow is trapped in New England, while the real Mr. Pirzada goes about his life in East Pakistan. When the war finally ends, Pirzada returns to his homeland. Several months later, Lilia and her family receive a card and a short letter from him, which says he has been reunited with his family. He has no remaining attachment to America other than the second family he adopted while he was there, and his strongest ties and identity lie with his mother country and family. While Jhumpa Lahiri's characters are in fact fictional, the subject matter that her writing subtly creates awareness for is universal. For diaspora communities, losing a sense of identity or experiencing a lack of connection with new surroundings is a common problem. When one visits places such as Brick Lane and South Hall in London, it is apparent that those who have strong ties with their heritage who have migrated to the "melting pot" fear the possibility of this tie loosening and thus go to great lengths to retain their original identities. This suggests what an important factor their national identities play in their lives. Therefore, they try to recreate something to preserve them. While not all communities described in Lahiri's stories are as populous or iconic as South Hall in London, she does in fact show how ardently both first and second generation immigrants cling to their sense of community and tradition. A majority of the characters in "Interpreter of Maladies" suffer from the loss of some form of identity, primarily social, economic, or familial as they have significant obstacles to overcome during a transition into a new land. Jhumpa Lahiri expands her exploration of the question of fluid, wavering identity to include other vastly different perspectives, as she focuses on the interior landscape of personal relationships in her immensely poetic and emotional style in
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2012 for the course ENG Eng135 taught by Professor Dean during the Spring '11 term at DeVry Addison.

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