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Interpreter of Maladies

What is the primary theme in "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri?

The primary theme of this powerful short story has to with our human inability to accurately communicate our own—or understand others'—emotional experience. Mr. Kapasi is an excellent communicator....

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Explain the relationship between Mrs. Das and Mr. Kapasi in Jhumpa Lahiri's "Interpreter of Maladies." Why does Mrs....

Initially, Mr. Kapasi—a driver for tourists—observes Mrs. Das with some reserve. She is not interested in her children very much, and she is dressed somewhat provocatively. She also does not appear...

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What is the central conflict in "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri? 

Mr. Kapasi’s unhappiness stems from his son’s recent death. His loneliness and personal disdain for his life make him vulnerable to Mrs. Das. This is the beginning of the conflict that occurs in...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2013 6:02 pm UTC

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Brief sketch of the character of Mr. Pirzada.

In 'When Mr. Pirzada Came To Dine,' Lilia's parents befriend Mr. Pirzada, a Bengali academic, who has been awarded a grant by the Pakistani government to study New England foliage. Invariably, Mr....

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What are the symbols in the chapter "Mrs. Sen's"?

Some symbols in the chapter "Mrs. Sen's" in Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies include the food consumed by the characters within the story, Mrs. Sen's chopping knife (brought to America from...

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What are some of the cultural differences highlighted in the story "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri?

“Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri explores the unhappiness of people in loveless marriages. This problem crosses cultures. This story involves a man who has lost a child and his wife who...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2013 8:15 pm UTC

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How does the plot help to illuminate the differing cultural viewpoints of Mr. Kapasi and of Mr. and Mrs. Das? Which...

While Mr. and Mrs. Das are of Indian descent, they come to their parents' homeland as tourists. To Mr. Kapasi, a traditional Indian man, they are just as foreign in their behavior and in their...

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In "Mrs. Sen's" from Interpreter of Maladies, how was Mrs. Sen's regression of behaviors/attitudes evident?

In Interpreter Of Maladies, Mrs. Sen's regression of behaviors is evident through: 1) Her tendency to place Eliot in the role of mature confidant. When the fish vendor calls to inform Mrs. Sen that...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2015 4:28 pm UTC

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Discuss the relationship between Kapasi and Mrs. Das in the story" Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri.

When communication breaks down, a marriage suffers. “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri presents characters that live with this frustration. Failing marriages, buried guilt, and...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2012 11:48 pm UTC

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What is the central conflict, and is it resolved in the end in Interpreter of Maladies?

One possible central conflict is the internal conflict that exists within Mr. Kapasi, the character whose perspective guides "The Interpreter of Maladies." Mr. Kapasi is the driver hired by the Das...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2017 9:38 am UTC

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In The Interpreter of Maladies, what is the role of an interpreter?

The term "interpreter" on the most basic level simply means a translator, or more specifically someone who does oral translation in person as opposed to a literary translator who works primarily...

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How do the characters’ views of one another differ from the way the reader is encouraged to view them? How does this...

Although Mr. Kapasi seems to be attracted to Mrs. Das, he looks at her legs her breasts and feels flattered by her fascination with his job as an interpreter for a doctor's office, readers are not...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2018 1:26 am UTC

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What is a summary of The Interpreter of Maladies? 

The story centers around a day in the life of an Indian tour guide, Mr. Kapasi. An Indian-American family has come to India on vacation, obtaining his services as their guide. There are five in the...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2015 2:06 am UTC

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What are some quotes from "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri? This is a study guide question posted by eNotes...

Here are some quotes from Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri: "Our baby was a boy," he said. "His skin was more red than brown. He had black hair on his head. He weighed almost five pounds....

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 12:49 pm UTC

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Explain how the main characters' views of each other change.  Does this alter  the story "Interpreter of Maladies" by...

“Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri brings to the surface unhappy marriages. Told from a third-person limited point of view, the objective narrator reveals the perceptions of Mr. Kapasi,...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2013 4:45 pm UTC

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How do Mrs. Das from "Interpreter of Maladies" and Miranda from "Sexy" compare to each other? How are they different?

This is very good question to begin your thought process with a compare and contrast essay. In fact, both of these characters, Mrs. Das and Miranda, can be compared quite easily, especially with...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2015 3:09 pm UTC

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How is third person used in "Interpreter of Maladies," and what is its effectiveness?

This short story is written from a third-person limited omniscient perspective, with the limited omniscient focus on the character of Mr. Kapasi. The narrator begins to tell us of Mr. Kapasi's...

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What is the central conflict in this story? Is the conflict resolved by the story’s conclusion? How do the monkeys...

While Lahiri emphasizes the cultural differences between Mr. Kapasi and the Americanized Das family, the most central conflict in the story is the internal conflict within Mr. Kapasi. There is a...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2008 8:40 am UTC

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How is their guide, Mr. Kapasi, characterized? (Jhumpa Lahiri's “Interpreter of Maladies”)

Mr. Kapasi is a romantic who empathizes with the pain of others. While these characteristics are useful in his job as a medical translator, the “interpreter of maladies” of the title, they also...

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Is Boori Ma a real durwan or not in "A Real Durwan" in Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri, and why or why not?

"Durwan" is a word comprised of Urdu, Hindi and Persian roots. According to Oxford Dictionary, it means a porter or doorkeeper, yet in many cases, like Boori Ma's, durwans may only be cleaning...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2013 9:16 pm UTC

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What is the thematic significance of the secret that Mrs. Das reveals to Mr. Kapasi in "Interpreter of Maladies"?...

In the short story "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri, an Indian-American family—Mr. and Mrs. Das and their children—are visiting India. Mr. Kapasi, from whose viewpoint the story is told,...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2020 6:46 pm UTC

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How long does Mr. Kapasi calculate it will take before he gets a letter from Mrs. Das?

In Jhumpa Lahiri's short story "Interpreter of Maladies," Mr. Kapasi, a tour guide, develops an affection for Mrs. Das, an Indian-American woman visiting India with her husband and their young...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2018 9:54 am UTC

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Who are the characters in "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri? This is a study guide question posted by eNotes...

Mr. Kapasi Mr. Kapasi is the main character, the protagonist of the story. He is a middle-aged man with a few children and a loveless marriage. His wife blames him for the death of their son from...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 12:47 pm UTC

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What argument does Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpeter of Maladies make about cultural assimilation?

Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies makes the argument that cultural assimilation, by distancing a person from their roots and heritage, can make a person even less likely to understand...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2020 2:06 am UTC

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In Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, what is the analysis of cultural displacement in "Mrs. Sen," and how...

Cultural displacement means being plucked out from “my” place and dropped into an alien environment. What makes a place “mine”? The food we love, friends and family, the weather, shared...

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In Interpreter of Maladies, what is the impact of cultural displacement on the characters in "Mrs. Sen"? Thanks for...

Hello! You asked about the impact of cultural displacement on the characters in "Mrs. Sen." 1) Mrs. Sen It is obvious to Eliot that Mrs. Sen misses her home in India. She finds it difficult to...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2015 7:52 pm UTC

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Why does the story "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri begin and end at the point that it does?  

“The Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri portrays two dysfunctional people who encounter each other on a trip to visit a sun temple. Mr. Kapasi and Mrs. Das secret discussion between them...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2013 9:11 pm UTC

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Compare the incomplete, unhappy life of Mrs. Sen and Mrs. Das in Interpreter of Maladies.

Mrs. Das and Mrs. Sen are two interesting characters to compare. Both Indian women who are unhappy and somewhat bored with their lot in life, Mrs. Das and Mrs. Sen both embody domestic...

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How does a lack of communication lead to a lack of emotional connection in the Interpreter of Maladies? Can this be...

The lack of communication between Mr. Kapasi and the Das family leads to a lack of emotional connection by making it hard for the parties to comprehend the mannerisms and behaviors of each other....

Latest answer posted October 13, 2018 4:06 pm UTC

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Each of the stories in Interpreter of Maladies deals with loss, whether the loss of a child in “A Temporary Matter,”...

Although writer Jhumpa Lahiri—who was born in London and grew up in Rhode Island—is not a native of India, she is still a member of its global diaspora. Lahiri's parents were born and raised in...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2018 9:32 am UTC

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In Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter Of Maladies, what's a good topic that can ground an in-depth analysis of the...

Hello! A good topic to explore would be that of conflict, especially between both Indian and American cultures, in the lives of the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter Of Maladies. Lahiri's...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2015 5:34 pm UTC

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Does Mr. Das know that Bobby is not his son?

Mrs. Das is encouraged to confide in Mr. Kapasi because he has told her that he works as an “Interpreter of Maladies.” While this job is oral translation for medical patients, she looks on it as...

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In "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri, how is food used as a tool in the story?

The story “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri centers on understanding between people in a cultural gap. Normally an interpreter uses his language skills as a tool of acknowledgement. This...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2013 8:36 pm UTC

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What is the symbolism in "Interpreter of Maladies"?

Mrs. Das's large sunglasses serve as one symbol in the text. A symbol is something that has both literal and figurative meaning; this means that her sunglasses are actually present, literally, in...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 1:09 am UTC

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In Interpreter Of Maladies, how does Jhumpa Lahiri portray cultural displacement in the stories 'Mrs Sen's', 'When Mr...

In the three short stories, Lahiri portrays cultural displacement as a melancholic experience for individuals. It reminds them of how alone they truly are in a new world. Cultural displacement...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2015 10:11 am UTC

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In Interpreter of Maladies, what can we surmise about the relationship of Shoba and Shukumur, or Miranda and Dev, or...

Each pair of characters is the subject of a different story in Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies. Shoba and Shukumar are a married couple in "A Temporary Matter," but by the end of the story,...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2019 3:35 pm UTC

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What is the impression of the characters in the short story "Interpreter of Maladies"?

Our immediate impression of Mr. and Mrs. Das is that they are not very caring parents. They "bickered" about which one of them has to take their young daughter to the bathroom, and Mrs. Das loses...

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Please analyze "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri. This is a study guide question posted by eNotes Editorial....

Lahiri uses the motif of interpreting to draw attention to the difficulty human beings have in not only understanding their emotions for themselves, but also in expressing their emotions accurately...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 3:34 pm UTC

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How do the symbols aid the development of the plot; please support the answer with three, specific references to the...

Jhumpa Lahiri's "Interpreter of Maladies" is a nuanced story highlighting the culture clash between the American-raised Das family and their Indian tour guide Mr. Kapasi. These culture differences...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011 12:54 am UTC

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What are the themes in "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri? This is a study guide question posted by eNotes...

The Difficulty of Communicating One's Emotions The story conveys that it is extremely difficult for human beings to communicate their feelings truthfully. Mr. Kapasi is unable to really communicate...

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Which of “The Seven Basic Plots” would you say the story “Interpreter of Maladies” most resembles? Why? At the same...

Christopher Booker, the writer behind the theory of the seven basic plots, might suggest that the plot line that best suits Jhumpa Lahiri's short story "The Interpreter of Maladies" is the one of...

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In "Interpreter of Maladies," the writer's main concern is to discuss the clash between two cultures and the breaking...

In Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, Mrs. Das, her husband, and her children are all born and raised in the United States. This creates a cultural gap between the Indian American family and...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019 9:36 am UTC

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In Interpreter of Maladies, why do you think Jhumpa Lahiri has an Indian couple from American go to India? Think...

By having an American couple of Indian heritage return to India, Jhumpa Lahiri eliminates other factors from our consideration of the story. If it had been a white couple that had no connection to...

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Why are these nine stories arranged or placed in the order we find them?

If one were to ask an author to explain why they arranged a set of stories in a particular way, the author would probably not have one single, straightforward reason. The stories in Jhumpa Lahiri’s...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019 1:10 am UTC

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Please write an in-depth summary of "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri. This is a study guide question posted...

In this story, a man named Mr. Kapasi serves as a kind of tour guide in India for the Das family, who are Americans of Indian descent. Mr. and Mrs. Das have three children, but they seem, in many...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 12:20 pm UTC

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