Character Change Essay

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a’s character goes under several changes as she tries to identify herself in a world of two different cultures in Bharati Mukherjee’s “The Tenant”. When you come across Maya’s character in the beginning of the story it seems that she does not really know what she wants. Maya, who has become an American citizen, has adapted the western culture in which she is trying to fit in and find herself within while trying to abandon her Indian culture which is a big part of her. She moves from one place to another. Maya engages herself in one night stands and physical relationships and she comes across as someone who does not want a serious relationship. She has much insecurity even though she does not necessarily show it. Maya Sanyal who came to America from Calcutta, India when she was nineteen years old has been trying to find herself a home moving from North Carolina, to New Jersey and now to Cedar Falls, Iowa. She has a Doctorate degree in Comparative Literature. Maya married while she was a student and claims that she had mistaken sex for love, her ex-husband John, abandoned her leaving her with pain and loneliness. Maya filled the loneliness with spontaneous intimate relationships that she now regrets and is ashamed of it and does not disclose it those to others. Maya is independent financially but is a lonely person. She has a few friends whom she can rely on in case of emergencies. Maya always shows others that she is confident, happy and satisfied with what she has. However, in reality, she is ashamed of her past. She is insecure about herself. When Maya starts seeing herself through other people’ eyes, she comes in touch with her feelings in reality. She finally accepts it within herself that she is not happy with her life. This is one of the major ways her character changes in the story.

Maya immigrated to the United States from India when she was 19 years old. She left all her family and friends behind her to start a new life...
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