3 mrs bhowmick is an agnostic a believer in ambition

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3. Mrs. Bhowmick is “an agnostic, a believer in ambition, not grace” (585). 4. Mrs. Bhowmick “nagged, and he threatened to beat her with his shoe as his father had threatened his mother; it was the thrust and volley of marriage. There was no question of actually taking off a shoe and applying it to his wife’s body. She was bigger than he was” (585). 5. “The women in his family were smarter than him. They were cheerful, outgoing, more American somehow” (586).
6. “…when he’d come back to the shrine in the bedroom, he’d noticed all at once how scarlet and saucy was the tongue that Kali-Mata stuck out at the world. Surely he had not lavished such alarming detail, such admonitory colors on that flap of flesh” (586). 7. “You didn’t learn anything from Mother in Ranchi?” Mr. Bhowmick says to his wife. 8. “Babli would be able to help him out moneywise if something happened to him…But Babli could never comfort him. She wasn’t womanly or tender the way that unmarried girls had been in the wistful days of his adolescence” (587). 9. Mr. Bhowmick “did not love his wife now, and he had not loved her then…[he] settled for a barrister’s daughter, a plain girl with a wide, flat plank of a body and myopic eyes. The barrister had sweetened the deal by throwing in an all-expenses-paid two years’ study at Carnegie Tech to which Mr. Bhowmick had been admitted. Those two years had changed his wife from plaint girl to ambitious woman. She wanted American, nothing less” (589-590). 10. “ ‘Who needs a man?’ she hissed. ‘The father of my baby is a bottle and a syringe. Men louse up your lives’ ” (591). These quotations are listed in the order they appear in the story; however, do not assume that you should outline in that same order (this can often lead to too much plot summary). Review the quotations and decide upon a logical order for their presentation—there may be several different options. The order should also group together like ideas—for example, quotations describing Kali Mata should be grouped together as noted below. Also, now is the time to begin “labeling” the quotations as to their significance in connection with your (probably tentative) thesis. The following outline rearranges the quotes from above, into categories by character--Mr. Bhowmick’s mother, Mrs. Bhowmick, Babli, and Kali Mata: Introduction paragraph and thesis Body Paragraph 1. Mr. Bhowmick’s mother “You didn’t learn anything from Mother in Ranchi?” Mr. Bhowmick says to his wife (586). Body Paragraph 2. Mrs. Bhowmick – independent from Mr. Bhowmick Mrs. Bhowmick wears a “pink negligee she had paid for with her own MasterCard card” (585). Mrs. Bhowmick is “an agnostic, a believer in ambition, not grace” (585). Body Paragraph 3. Mrs. Bhowmick more ambitious Mr. Bhowmick’s father-in-law “did not love his wife now, and he had not loved her then…[he] settled for a barrister’s daughter, a plain girl with a wide, flat plank of a body and myopic eyes.

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