Monday, May 7, 2012

"Besides the kids I have nothing to show wasted my years a fool of a wife" Mary J. Blige

             Post modernism is not a fantasy or a delusion. When an author writes a post modernism piece, they are writing the concrete facts. They write what the characters feel, say, and look like without dramatizing anything. All flaws are exposed to the readers, making the characters more realistic and less likely to be put on a pedestal. In Interpreter of maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, Mr. Kapasi and Mrs. Das have their flaws highlighted the most. 
          Mrs. Das’ affair isn’t hidden. She tells Mr. Kapasi and the author doesn’t make it like nothing happened. She tells us that Bobby isn’t Mr. Das’ child and that he’s really his best friend’s son (Lahiri, 62). She is clearly guilty about this throughout the entire story because she goes to Mr. Kapasi to try and fix her problem (Lahiri, 65). This is something that many women go through. People cheat and don’t tell their spouse. It is a flaw that many people have and the author showed this. She didn’t ignore it in order to make life seem more perfect. Also Mr. Kapasi is in a bad marriage (Lahiri, 53). His wife is upset with him. She is mad because he couldn’t save their son and now he is out there helping other people at a doctor’s office. He also has thoughts about having an affair with Mrs. Das. This all is going through the characters’ heads while Mr. Das and the kids are just going around trying to experience a different place. The behavior and thoughts of the characters in this story show how truly complex the human being is.

~Blog Assignment 

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