Jhumpa Lahiri Writing Styles in Interpreter of Maladies

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Point of View

In "A Temporary Matter" Shukumar's perception is the prevailing point of view. The author's objective narration is sympathetic to his feelings about Shoba and their life together. He recalls events that happen and his feelings about them. Shoba's thoughts, feelings and motivations can be inferred from her actions and comments. Shukumar's thoughts, feelings and frustrations are clearly stated. Additional insight about the characters is provided by subjective comments in quotes and the reaction of their partner. For example, Shoba says they should fix the power during the day. Shukumar does not say anything but thinks she really means since he's there all day.

Lilia's point of view prevails in "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine." She is a ten year-old Indian girl. The objective narration tells her thoughts from the perspective of an adult Lilia recalling childhood events. The author reveals what...

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