Identity Crisis In Jhumpa Lahiri's 'Diaspora'

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CHAPTER -1 INTRODUCTION

Diaspora basically refers to the people who move from their original homeland to the foreign land. this movement to the alien land leads to many problems for the diasporic people like they suffer from identity crisis whose outcome is alienation.
The Diaspora began with the 6th century BCE conquest of the ancient Kingdom of Judah by Babylon, the destruction of the First Temple (c. 586 BCE), and the expulsion of the population, as recorded in the Bible. The Babylonian ruler, Nebuchadnezzar, allowed the Jews to remain in a unified community in Babylon. Another group of Jews fled to Egypt, where they settled in the Nile delta.
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All her works revolves around the diasporic communities and are concerned with the trials and tribulations of these communities. Interpreter of maladies is a book comprising of short stories which are all diasporic in nature . The characters in the novel suffers identity crisis due to which they feel alienated. The identity of diasporic people and communities can neither be placed in relation to same homeland to which they all long to return nor to that country in which they settle down. They by all means face dual identity. In interpreter of maladies the characters are migrating from one country to other due to some war, political or economic need. One thread that run through these stories is the forging of the identities when a person has left their native culture and have to adopt the culture and traditions of other country for eg Pakistani migrants who migrate from Pakistan it to India it is really tough for them to adjust with indian people as indian see every Pakistani as a terrorist and the people who migrate to America they also face many challenges , they do not realize which culture they should adopt and inturn they loose their actual identity . Interpreter of Maladies(1999) explores the theme of “immigrant experience and the clash of cultures in the U.S. Jhumpa Lahiri says in one of her interviews: “The question of identity is always a difficult one, but especially sofor those who grow up in two worlds …show more content…
“A Temporary Matter” deals with the problem of an Indian couple, but had it been the case all over the world. All women have felt the same way because the loss of a baby is an irreparable loss for a mother. Similarly, if a wife or a husband gets immersed into something very much and the needs of the husband or the wife take a back seat, then frustration is likely to be there in the relationship. In “Mrs. Sen” Mr. Sen has no time for his wife and her needs and that results in frustration. And in “This Blessed House” Twinkle bothers about the care and attention her husband needs from her, and likewise the gap widens between the two engulfing the bliss of their

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