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Interpreter of Maladies

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Cultural Assimilation- When people from one culture assimilate into another, they often lose touch with their ancestral tradition. Mr. and Mrs. Das find it difficult to connect to their surroundings when visiting India. Interpreter of Maladies INTERPRETER OF MALADIES: by:
Nicholas Lin
Akshay Rao
Evan Bao
Sharang Karve Introduction Mr and Mrs Das, Indian Americans born and raised in America, go to India to see the land of their ancestors, but they fail to connect fully with their genetic homeland.
This story covers their actions in a tour around India in a non air-conditioned car, with their tour guide, Mr Kapasi Synopsis cont. Synopsis Mr. and Mrs. Das tell Mr. Kapasi about their family origins during the car ride
Mr. Das is busy taking pictures, Mrs. Das eats her snacks while offering it to no one, and the children seem ignored
Mr. Kapasi (the story is in 3rd person limited) observes that Mr. and Mrs. Das are more like siblings to their children than parents Unrealistic Imagination- Mr. Kapasi starts to think of Mrs. Das as a perfect companion, while Mrs. Das thinks of him as an "Interpreter of Maladies." Both end up being wrong. SIGNIFICANCE OF TITLE: Mrs. Das inquires about Mr. Kapasi's other job; he explains that he is an interpreter at a doctor's office
He recounts how he had an arranged marriage, and that he took up the job in order to pay the medical bills for his late son, who died of typhoid
He dreamed of being a diplomat with his language skills
Mrs. Das is very interested in his life; Mr. Kapasi is surprised that someone cares so much Family Discord - The Das family is generally indifferent to one another, at some times even hostile. Mr. and Mrs. Das frequently squabble, and cannot control their children well. Mrs. Das:
The wife of Mr. Das and the mother of all of the children
Has a fling with a "friend," who fathers Bobby.
Puffed rice (a very bland snack) is Mrs. Das's favorite snack. She offers it to no one else.
Views Mr. Kapasi as a councilor but fails to take his advice and ultimately is responsible for the continuation of her suffering. Synopsis cont. They all stop for lunch; after taking a group picture, Mrs. Das ask's for Mr. Kapasi's address
Mr. Das suggests that they all visit a nearby monastery
Mrs. Das confesses about her past affair to Mr. Kapasi, expecting that he could help After he suggests that all she's feeling is guilt, Mrs. Das leaves the car while dropping a trail of puffed rice
After saving Bobby from a group of monkeys, Mr. Kapasi's address flies out of Mrs. Das' bag THEMES New Brunswick CHARACTER ANALYSIS The Children:
Ronny, Bobby, and Tina.
Bobby is not Mr. Das's child; he has a different complexion than the rest
They, like their parents, bicker a lot. They don't fear their parents as parents but rather as older siblings. When people cannot communicate properly, especially in a family, many problems arise.
In this story, it was caused by the failure of clear communication among family members.
Additionally, Mrs. Das fails to communicate her emotions effectively to Mr. Kapasi
Mr. Kapasi is supposed to be the interpreter of these problems, in order to improve communication; in the end, however, he fails

CENTRAL IDEA / CONCLUSION Mr. Kapasi:
provides the most unbiased view on everyone else
talented in many languages; works as an interpreter for a doctor and tour guide
initially views Mrs. Das as a perfect fit for him, but then discovers that she thinks of him in a much different way The Title, "Interpreter of Maladies" refers to Mr. Kapasi, the translator.
All people need someone who can listen to their problems and help them.
In the story, Mrs. Das and Mr. Kapasi each try to make the other fill that void of their own lives; however, this communication of emotion fails in the end The Camera The camera symbolizes Mr. Das's apathetic attitude towards the world around him
It also symbolizes his ignorance of what is happening in the real world outside of a few frames he captures
He is unaware of his wife's conflicting emotions towards their marriage Mr. Das
middle-school science teacher
spends more time enjoying the trip by himself than with his family
very passive parent; doesn't interact with his children, even when they misbehave
SYMBOLISM Agra
THE END The Children The children represent both Mr. and Mrs. Das's uncaring attitude towards their family since they do not devote any attention towards them, and they are left to their own devices
Konark The Slip of Paper Represents Mr. Kapasi's hope for communication with Mrs. Das
When it flies out of her bag, it symbolizes the failure for them to successfully communicate their emotions
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