The reason for the vastly different outcomes of these

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The reason for the vastly different outcomes of these stories is in part due to the relationship between the couples. In “Mrs. Sen’s,” the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Sen is very shaky throughout the whole book. The reader learns that Mr. Sen would often “[pat] Eliot on the head but not [kiss] Mrs. Sen” (124). Even though the narrator starts off treating Mala the same way, he eventually “[feels] sympathy. [He remembers his] first days in London, learning how to take the Tube to Russell Square, riding an escalator for the first time… Like [him], Mala had traveled far from home, not knowing where she was going, or what she would find, for no reason other than to be [his] wife” (195). Being an immigrant is a tough endeavor, and without support or sympathy from others, the immigrant will not be able to assimilate properly. Mr. Sen did not show the same kind of sympathy as Mala’s husband, and thus Mrs. Sen was not able to appreciate living in America. Although at first glance, these stories may be about completely different experiences, the characters share the common strife of being introduced to a foreign culture. However, by making one story end joyfully and the other on a more negative note, Lahiri sends a powerful message to the Mrs. Sen’s and Mala’s of the real world; living in a foreign country can be made much easier with loved ones to provide guidance along the way.
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