A Devoted Son Questions and Answers
by Anita Desai

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In "A Devoted Son", what is devotion?  Are you devoted when you succumb to the irrational demands of the person or when you go against his wishes but for his benefit? What is ethically and morally and socially more correct? To devotedly follow instructions or to devotedly use the mind to choose the best? 

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In the short story "A Devoted Son" by Anita Desai , the title is almost ironic in light of the story's end.  To be devoted to one's parents is to hold them in the highest esteem and be the son who cares and takes care of his parents.  Rakesh rises to great heights in the story, returning to India from the United States to marry a village girl according to his parents' wishes and becomes the director then owner of his own clinic.  The problem comes after the...

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