Interpreter of Maladies

by

Jhumpa Lahiri

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Mr. Kapasi’s Son Character Analysis

Mr. Kapasi had a son who suffered from an illness which eventually led to his death. The boy’s illness marked the beginning of the family’s troubles. Mr. Kapasi accepted a second job as an interpreter at the doctor’s office where he took his son for treatment in order to pay for medical bills. The son’s death also led to a deterioration in the relationship between Mr. Kapasi and his wife, who grew estranged from one another as a result of the death.
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...the job in the doctor’s office to pay for the medical bills of an ill son, who has since passed away. He says he continued with the work after the death... (full context)