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A Temporary Matter
Transcript of A Temporary Matter
changes in both Shoba and
Shukumar to show their pain
and conflict Plot Summary Sukhmani ---dw guys..I got this..I'll do a basic summary :)
Daphne: oops... i didn't see this before i did one... sorry :( Summary:
A Temporary Matter is a short story about a grieving couple over the loss of their stillborn child. Through the third person perspective of Shukumar, it explains how the relationship between the two has slowly broken down, ending in an inferred separation. Diaspora:
Shoba's mom - shrine, retains indian customs
Language: no indication that the couple still speaks
Shukumar hasn't been to India in many years but Shoba did
Talk about power failures in India - origin of the game The deterioration of Shoba and Shukumar's relationship is explained in the seemingly unimportant things, such as the fact that Shukumar forgot to brush his teeth, or the color of the cab that he took after leaving Shoba before she went into labor. Each confession they make is about how they were dishonest, or disappointed the other in some way. This shows how much was missed while they were grieving and avoiding each other. Shoba's mother keeps her religious traditions, despite her home and job in the U.S, however, it is inferred that Shoba does not, despite her mother's influence DIALOGUE Lahiri uses dialogue sparingly, drawing attention to it and thus making it more important and also showing readers how Shoba and Shukumar don't really converse. This indicates how far apart they've grown. Despite temporary success, some problems just can't be fixed. Shukumar has lost almost all connection to India, and hasn't been there in many years, despite the fact that his mother still lives there. Shoba and Shukumar also reminisce about the frequent power outages in India, and it leads to their confessions "A Temporary Matter" surrounds the failing marriage of an Indian couple, Shoba and Shukumar, after their child was stillborn. Each night, during a scheduled power outage from 8-9pm, they share secrets that they hadn't told anyone before, creating hope that they could fix their marriage. “Their baby had never cried, Shukumar considered. Their baby would never have a rice ceremony, even
though Shoba had already made the guest list, ... and decided to feed the child its first taste of solid food, at six months if it was a boy, seven if it was a girl.”