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A Temporary Matter

The short story "A Temporary Matter" by Jhumpa Lahiri takes place over several days during which there is an hour-long power outage each evening. Shoba and Shukumar, a married couple of Indian...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2021, 5:04 pm (UTC)

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I think that Lahiri develops the relationship between Shoba and Shukumar as one where there were some level of bond and connection evident in their relationship. Certainly, the death of their...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2013, 3:29 pm (UTC)

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In the short story “A Temporary Matter,” Jhumpa Lahiri reflects on the fragility of marriage and relationships especially in the face of tragedy. Main characters Shoba and Shukumar seem to have had...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2021, 1:28 am (UTC)

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Lahiri's story is about emotional estrangement and the difference between our external lives and internal emotional states. Her story is brimming with detail, but the detail about their house—like...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019, 1:59 pm (UTC)

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Jhumpa Lahiri's story "A Temporary Matter," from the collection Interpreter of Maladies, tells the story of the tense marriage between Shoba and Shukumar. The premise of the story is referred to in...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2019, 3:53 pm (UTC)

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In "A Temporary Matter," Shoba and Shukumar ultimately fail to reconnect because they both have ventured down differing paths while dealing with the grief of their lost child (actually, one might...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2010, 3:39 am (UTC)

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The current structure of the relationship between Shoba and Shukumar has changed to one of almost complete isolation and they ignore each other because they cannot face the horrible pain of losing...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2011, 11:56 pm (UTC)

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I think that one of the significant ideas that comes out of Lahiri's short story is that there is a level of emotional duplicity that is present in relationships. There is nothing to suggest that...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2013, 11:34 pm (UTC)

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I think that the significance of seeing Shukumar seeing neighbors walk past is a projection of where he emotionally resides at that moment. Having both heard the revelation that will fundamentally...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2013, 5:46 am (UTC)

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The symbolism in this short story concerns the grief and growing alienation of Shukumar and Shoba following the stillbirth of their first child. Symbolism can refer to specific objects as well as...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2013, 4:27 am (UTC)

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On the surface, Shoba, the wife in the story, is more active than Shukumar, the husband. She has a job that removes her from the house, while he spends hours doing nothing while he is supposed to...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2017, 3:59 pm (UTC)

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It's difficult to see how they can have a future together. They've been drifting apart for some time, and it's unlikely that a few more power cuts will be enough to get them talking again on a...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019, 9:51 am (UTC)

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I think that we get some fairly distinct indications that the relationship between both Shoba and Shukumar is in trouble. It is evident that some point has been passed in which an eventual...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2013, 2:34 pm (UTC)

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The theme of "A Temporary Matter" is to show how deception, grief, and alienation destroy a marriage. As the story opens, Shukumar and Shoba are dealing with the bitter disappointment of losing...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2021, 8:18 pm (UTC)

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Lahiri is fairly direct in terms of why Shukumar kept the photo torn out of the magazine. The narration indicates that "he didn't know why he'd ripped it out." It was evident that Shukumar was...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2013, 4:30 pm (UTC)

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Indeed, I think that a strong case can be made that the entire week in which Shukumar and Shoba are becoming closer, there is greater distance emerging. This is evident with her revelation to him,...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2013, 4:20 pm (UTC)

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I think that one of the strongest themes to come out of the story is how the modern relationship is comprised of intricate and complex individuals. Shoba and Shukumar are shown to be very...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2013, 2:20 pm (UTC)

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