Interpreter of Maladies


Jhumpa Lahiri

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Hanuman Monkeys

Throughout “The Interpreter of Maladies” Hanuman monkeys represent the dangers that threaten the Das family as a consequence of Mr. Das and Mrs. Das’s negligence as both parents and partners. The animals first appear…

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The Camera

The expensive camera with a telephoto lens that Mr. Das uses to snap pictures throughout the story symbolizes the Das family’s bi-cultural identity and wealth. Mr. Das often uses the camera to take photographs of…

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The Sun Temple

The Sun Temple is a tourist site in India that Mr. Das and Mrs. Das and their children visit, accompanied by their tour guide Mr. Kapasi. On one hand, the ancient temple symbolizes the…

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