Interpreter of Maladies Setting & Symbolism

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Shoba and Shukumar's House in "A Temporary Matter"

Shoba and Shukumar own a three bedroom house in Boston that is big enough for them to avoid each other on weekends. The house is located in a family neighborhood within walking distance of shops and the trolley.

Shoba and Shukumar's Baby in "A Temporary Matter"

The baby symbolizes Shoba and Shukumar's relationship. Shoba's pregnancy enhances their relationship and they look forward to becoming parents together. When the baby dies their relationship begins to deteriorate and they become isolated from each other.

The Telling Game in "A Temporary Matter"

Shoba plays a childhood game at her grandmother's house in India when the lights are out. Each of the children tells something to the others that they do not know. Shoba initiates the telling game with Shukumar when their power is out.

The Candles in "A Temporary Matter"

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