Analysis Of Jhumpa Lahiri's Short Story: Abandonment Of Cultures

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The immigrant experiences in America are observed in most of the short stories published in collections by various authors. Some of them include Amy Tan with her short story, Two Kinds, which was released in 1989 and is extracted from her novel, The Joy Luck Club. Also, in her other short story entitled Mother Tongue, she focuses on the salient differences between Amy Tan and her mother, based on language. Other writers such as Jhumpa Lahiri examine the experience of immigrants in America. She uses her short stories, Mrs. Sen’s and The Third and Final Continent in the author’s collection, Interpreter of Maladies. Lan Cao and Chitra Banerjee also examine the challenges of immigration in their texts; The Gift of Language and Clothes, respectively. …show more content…
She depicts different characteristics as opposed to her mother because she grows up in America. For instance; Mrs. Woo speaks broken English while her daughter manages to articulate words correctly, delineating perfect diction. It is forlorn that the two characters possess negative attitudes toward their mothers based on their poor grasp of the English language (Hubel 93). At this point, the readers observe the relationship between immigrants and Americans apropos of their worthiness. The former often feel alienated and left out due to their failure to uphold American values. There is an intense cultural disparity faced by the mothers and daughters in Amy Tan’s short story due to their state as immigrants and natives, …show more content…
Mother Tongue examines the uncouth treatment that the Americans directed toward Asians, while she was in college. The former solely castigates the latter due their differences in cultures. The Americans have often affiliated Asians with science subjects hence Tan taking a major in English, was a major shock to them. As a matter of fact, it was worse for Amy Tan because she was almost kicked out of her English class. It is unfortunate that individuals have been blinded so much by such stereotypes; to the point of letting go of the control in their lives. The Americans clearly infer judgments on petty things such as culture, tradition and ethnicity. The cultural disparities in The Third and Final Continent are saliently described by the protagonist, a man that travels to different parts of the world. Jhumpa Lahiri utilizes a male character that sustains all the culture shock experienced in his travel throughout the various continents. The protagonist displays characteristics of curious immigrants due to his willingness to learn and acquire other cultural values (Hirschman). Unlike other immigrants, he does not delve into abandoning his culture rather; he maintains a positive attitude toward the acquisition of diverse cultural

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