Maladies Analysis 1 - 1 Rhetoric A w HSF Dr Steele Due...

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1 Rhetoric A w/ HSF Dr. Steele Due: October 25 th , 2010 Today, many children are brought up with a perception of marriage that involves two people falling in love and living happily ever after, thanks in large part to Disney movies. What these filmmakers forgot to mention were all the complications involved with marriage and outside factors that can affect this joyous outcome. Through several short stories compiled into her work, Interpreter of Maladies , Jhumpa Lahiri sheds light on the realities and complexities of marriage and adjusting to a new lifestyle with the additional barrier of culture. In both “Interpreter of Maladies” and “When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine,” the characters come to realize how important it is to find out who they are and what they want in life. They must choose to either put the needs of family before their own or do what follows their true identities. Moving to a new location where the culture is very different from one’s own can cause one to lose one’s sense of self. An immigrant is forced to assimilate into the new way of life, yet is still expected to retain some of his traditions. Less and less knowledge and appreciation of one’s ancestry is passed down to the newer generations of a family. This is what separates parents from children: this gap that cannot bridge the understanding of culture. In “When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine,” the daughter Lilia needs help reaching a drinking glass, but neither her mother nor father help her. This signifies Lilia being in between two cultures, the glass being
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