Mr Kapasi's Short Story Analysis

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Firstly, the writer expresses the idea that many times people, who grew up in different social environments may not understand each other even if they encounter the same hardships in their lives and have the same color of skin. For example, Mrs. Das‘s non-existent communication with her husband is not only an indication of their loveless marriage, but also one of the crucial reasons why their marriage is dysfunctional. The fact that Mr. Das does not realize the arising problem in their relationship and continues to stay in safely in his bubble is shown throughout the attitude of his wife towards him. Her detachment from him and the family is visible by her continue ignoring of his pleads and question: “She was lost behind her sunglasses, ignoring …show more content…
However, by the revelation of the truth to such unfamiliar person as Mr. Kapasi, she finally understands her situation as being trapped in a loveless marriage.Futhermore, the breaking down of communication can visible throughout the short story in the marriage of Mr. Kapasi and his wife. Their life after the trauma of losing their son because of typhus turns into even more silent isolation and routine, which they endure every day. Mr. Kapasi‘s observation of the broken marriage in the Das family reminds him of the disintegration of his own “ Perhaps they, too, had little in common apart from three children and a decade of their lives. The signs he recognized from his own marriage were there—the bickering, the indifference, the protracted silences‖ (Lahiri 53). The communication barrier cause from his wife‘s side, who blames his husband from their son‘s death. However, throughout the decades they spend together in their loveless marriage, both of them accept the situation and learn to endure it: ―Ordinarily he sped back to Puri using a shortcut, eager to return home, scrub his feet and hands with sandalwood soap, and enjoy the evening newspaper and a cup of tea that his wife would serve him in …show more content…
The sight of such a young couple who also suffer from the malady of marriage has only greater impact on Mr. Kapasi‘s grasp of his own miserable and ill relationship and his inability to cure it. Also, reader can see Mr. and Mrs. Das‘s marriage is their different expectations of life, which result in Mrs. Das‘s repression of desire. The symbols of repressed desire accompanies Mrs. Das through her marriage and has its roots in the born of her children, when she had to abandon her former friends and life. Mrs. Das‘s dissatisfaction with her life and her feelings of constant distaste are the main symptoms in already spreading malady of her marriage. Wife‘s repression of desire is visible throughout her behavior, such as treatment of the children, ignorance and indifference to her husband, but the main repression of her needs is revealed by her confession to Mr. Kapasi. Mrs. Das finally gets rid of her emotional burden by her revelation: ―Kapasi realizes that this confession is not the shared intimacy he had been hoping for, but that Mrs. Das had told him the story more or less to purge herself of

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