Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies

"She opened her mouth to say something, but as she glared at Mr. Kapasi some certain knowledge seemed to pass before her eyes, and she stopped. It crushed him; he knew at that moment that he was not even important enough to be properly insulted."

This excerpt happens towards the ending of the text, leading up to the conclusion of the story. Mr. Kapasi is portrayed by Lahiri as a metaphor of the frailty of human relationships - evident through his failed relationship with his wife, as well as Mrs. Das. This reinforces the concept of detachment between Mr. Kapasi and the characters in the story - emphasising that whatever connection he thought was possible is ...

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(50) to describe his job. It flattered Mr. Kapasi to have that word describe what he deemed as a "thankless occupation" (51). Mrs. Das also failed to act romantically with Mr. Das, making Mr. Kapasi feel a level of significance that her own husband failed to achieve.

However, Mrs. Das eventually reveals to Mr. Kapasi her true intentions for being so interested in finding out more about his job - to attain a remedy for the "pain" (65) she had been engulfed in for the past eight years. This highlights Mr. Kapasi's role in her life as merely an interpreter, almost like a tool that she had use for.

When Mr. Kapasi indirectly encourages Mrs. Das to come clean about her adultery, by provoking her by asking if she is being engulfed by her guilt, she realises that he does not have the answer she was looking for. She immediately deems Mr. Kapasi as unimportant, where "... he knew at that moment that he was not even important enough to be properly insulted" (66). This shows that Mr. ...

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Added: 10/12/2018 02:05:31 PM
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Category: English
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