Interpreter of Maladies Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the "telling game" was used to further both the plot and the themes of "A Temporary Matter."

Essay Topic 2

How is the baby in "A Temporary Matter" a metaphor for the marriage of Shoba and Shukumar?

Essay Topic 3

What commentary on American life is Lahiri making through the plots and characters of her collection of stories?

Essay Topic 4

Feeling like an outsider is a recurring theme in the stories. Discuss this theme and how is shown using aspects of three or more of the stories in The Interpreter of Maladies.

Essay Topic 5

Many of the character in The Interpreter of Maladies has a misconception about someone that leads to unhappiness or harm. Discuss this theme using several of the characters and circumstances from the stories.

Essay Topic 6

Discuss the theme of individuals in warring countries growing closer while their governments grow apart in "When...

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