English (Alienation and Self-Cultivation)
Tuesday April 2, 2013
When the name Jasmine is heard one would think immediately to Disney’s Princess Jasmine from the story Aladdin; a princess who is delicate and represents beauty. However in the book, Jasmine, by Bharati Mukherjee, the character, Jasmine is far from being a delicate and beautiful princess. Mukherjee’s Jasmine has many different identities. Amongst her many identities she is most evolved when she is the character, Jase, and the least evolved when she is the character, Jane. Jase seems to be the most evolved identity in the story because she is living a happy, honest and fulfilling life. Jane on the other hand is the least evolved identity in the story because she is unhappy, insecure, and is involved in an unhealthy relationship. Mukherjee revamps every one of Jasmine’s identities to match her ever-growing character.
Firstly, Jasmine has many different personalities amongst which the most evolved character is Jase. She is a very powerful character in the story because she is fierce and not afraid to stand up against other people. She came from India to New York illegally and she met a man named Taylor. He likes her very much, and respects her past and her Indian culture. Since he is very nice to her, she tells him about her whole life. For example, Jase says, ““I told him everything: the marriage, the bombing, the murder.” (189) No one will tell their deepest secrets without trusting them very much, and she does trust Taylor. He is a very special person to Jase. She has a more complete life with Taylor, and more open to him. She does everything that she wishes to do freely. She studies as she wishes, and explores most of New York with Taylor and his family. She also has many jobs. Jase is living the life she wants. For example, it says in the story that, “Jase went to movies and lived for today.” (176) From all her different identities, when she is Jase,...