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gthomas7007 | eNoter

Posted June 4, 2013 at 11:10 PM via web

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What does the child narrator learn from her experience with Mr. Pirzada in "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine"?

Consider the ironies present in the story and the cultural elements. Ulitmately, is this an American story or an Indian/Pakistani story?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:54 PM (Answer #2)

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The dominant thing the child narrator, Lila, learns is how to value two cultures when they are brought together. In Mr. Pirzada, Lila meets the juxtaposition of American culture with Pakistani culture and Indian culture. She is mystified by the fact that though Pirzada speaks the same language and eats the same food and has the same look about him, her father specifies that Pirzada is not Indian. While he is studying in America, he is not American either. yet he brings much of American culture with him when he comes to dinner.

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