Interpreter of Maladies

Ronny Character Analysis

Eldest son to Mr. Das and Mrs. Das, and brother to Bobby and Tina, Ronny, like his brother and sister, is excited by the sounds and sights of India. Born and raised in America, Ronny is Americanized in his speech, dress, and mannerisms. He and his siblings are especially excited by the Hanuman monkeys that the family encounters on a tourist outing to the Sun Temple. Ronny doesn’t seem to have much respect for his father’s authority, ignoring Mr. Das when the latter warns him not to touch a goat. He’s also mean to his younger brother Bobby, calling the boy a “dummy” when Bobby asks an innocent question about why the driver’s seat is on the “wrong side” of cars in India.

Ronny Quotes in Interpreter of Maladies

The Interpreter of Maladies quotes below are all either spoken by Ronny or refer to Ronny. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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The first thing Mr. Kapasi had noticed when he saw Mr. and Mrs. Das, standing with their children under the portico of the hotel, was that they were very young, perhaps not even thirty. In addition to Tina they had two boys, Ronny and Bobby, who appeared very close in age and had teeth covered in a network of flashing silver wires. The family looked Indian but dressed as foreigners did, the children in stiff, brightly colored clothing and caps with translucent visors.

Related Characters: Mr. Kapasi, Mrs. Das, Mr. Das, Bobby, Ronny, Tina
Page Number: 13
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They reached Konarak at two-thirty. The temple, made of sandstone, was a massive pyramid-like structure in the shape of a chariot. It was dedicated to the great master of life, the sun […] “It says the temple occupies about a hundred and seventy acres of land,” Mr. Das said, reading from his book.

Related Characters: Mr. Das (speaker), Mr. Kapasi, Mr. Das, Bobby, Ronny, The doctor
Related Symbols: The Sun Temple
Page Number: 21
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When she whipped out the hairbrush, the slip of paper with Mr. Kapasi’s address on it fluttered away in the wind. No one but Mr. Kapasi noticed. He watched as it rose, carried higher and higher by the breeze, into the trees where the monkeys now sat, solemnly observing the scene below. Mr. Kapasi observed it too, knowing that this was the picture of the Das family he would preserve in his mind forever.

Related Characters: Mr. Kapasi, Mrs. Das, Mr. Das, Bobby, Ronny, Tina
Related Symbols: Hanuman Monkeys
Page Number: 29
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Ronny Character Timeline in Interpreter of Maladies

The timeline below shows where the character Ronny appears in Interpreter of Maladies. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...Mrs. Das was how young they look. In addition to Tina, they have two sons, Ronny and Bobby, both of whom have braces. Though they “look Indian,” the Dases “dress as... (full context)
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...his sons for Mrs. Das and Tina to return from the restroom, the older boy, Ronny, leaves the car to feed a goat. He ignores his father’s protestations not to do... (full context)
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...Nonetheless, Mrs. Das refuses to leave the car, and so Mr. Das walks off with Ronny, Bobby, and Tina, carrying the latter on his shoulders. Along the path, monkeys are perched.... (full context)
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...each other and had married very young. Soon after giving birth to her first child, Ronny, Mrs. Das found herself overwhelmed with the responsibilities of being a mother, feeling alone and... (full context)
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...He made advances on Mrs. Das, who did not resist. She slept with him while Ronny cried in his playpen. Her second son, Bobby was conceived as a result of the... (full context)