Every author has his or her own distinctive manner of writing. In the two short stories, “Araby” by James Joyce and “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri, unique writing styles are showcased while relaying similar story lines. Both stories tell the narrative of men who fall for a woman and through a series of hopeful interpretations of interactions with the woman; they end up disappointed and alone. Although both stories have parallel themes of unrequited love, the way in which the authors use certain literary techniques to portray this theme differ greatly from each other. In both “Maladies” and “Araby” the main characters are taken through a series of emotional maladies while trying to peruse the girls they love.
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While “Araby” uses emotions through many metaphors and ambiguous terms, “Maladies” uses a much more unemotional, straightforward style throughout the story so as to paint a picture for the reader. Take the last paragraph in each story for example; in “Araby” the narrator is “gazing up into the darkness” and sees himself “a creature driven and derided by vanity; and [his] eyes burned with anguish and anger” (16). This exceedingly metaphorical sentence, the reader is forced to substitute their own subjective viewpoint so as to understand that the narrator feels frustrated and humiliated after trying to pursue his love. However, in the last paragraph of “Interpreter of Maladies” Mr. Kapasi notices the piece of paper with his address floating away from Mrs. Das’s bag. “No one but Mr. Kapasi noticed. He watched as it rose, carried higher and higher by the breeze” (39). This leaves the reader to translate the emotions of pain and disappointment from Mr. Kapasi out of the objective writing style. Both texts refer to similar emotions in different ways through the use of metaphors in “Araby” and details in “Maladies.”
“Interpreter of Maladies” and “Araby” are two short stories that showcase two very distinct styles of writing. The two authors, Joyce and Lahiri, use various techniques ranging from the use of metaphors to the amount of details to a reader’s interpretation. These differences are further highlighted through the fact that both stores have similar story lines