“In time she would reveal the disappointment of her marriage, and he his.” The stories present a particular negative view of marriage. Does your reading of the stories support this view?
Lahiri’s stories present a particular mixed opinion and view on marriage. In “A Temporary Matter”, Shoba and Shukumar’s marriage is untrustworthy and has a negative feel to it between the characters after their baby’s miscarriage as they fail to communicate to one another at all. Twinkle and Sanjeev from “This Blessed House” have a marriage full of trust even though they were an arranged marriage and struggled to connect to each other when they first met, and now Sanjeev learns to accept her change in religion from Muslim to a Christian. For the final story “Sexy”, it comes across like Dev has no respect for his wife and cannot be trusted as he has cheated on her with Miranda, just a random woman he met on a plane. A Temporary Matter is a story about grief and the secrets people keep from one another. Husband and wife Shukumar and Shoba are reeling from the loss of their child six months earlier. They avoid each other and their friends, Shoba filling her time with work and Shukumar procrastinating in finishing his dissertation. “By the end of the meal I had a funny feeling I might marry you?” A dues-ex-machine in the form of systematic power outages allows for intimacy between the couple not achieved since the death of their son. The importance of communication within a marriage is a prevalent theme in Interpreter of Maladies. Here the sorrow of the lost child causes a communication breakdown in the relationship of Shukumar and Shoba. This silence between them eventually destroys them because, in their grief, Shukumar and Shoba grow to become different people. Since they no longer share experiences, the couple grows apart. Their final secrets are painful ones – Shoba intends to move out and Shukumar violates the wishes of his wife by revealing the gender of the child. Secrecy...
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