The Inheritance of Loss

The Inheritance of Loss


Kiran Desai

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The Judge’s Father Character Analysis

Like the cook does for Biju, the judge’s father works hard to allow the judge to get the best education and improve his social class. However, when he sees that the judge has completely forsaken Indian culture, he says that the judge has become like a stranger to him and the rest of the family. The judge, for his own part, becomes ashamed of his father and the culture in which he was brought up.

The Judge’s Father Quotes in The Inheritance of Loss

The The Inheritance of Loss quotes below are all either spoken by The Judge’s Father or refer to The Judge’s Father. 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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Chapter 8 Quotes

Jemubhai looked at his father, a barely educated man venturing where he should not be, and the love in Jemubhai's heart mingled with pity, the pity with shame.

Page Number: 42
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Chapter 16 Quotes

The dowry bids poured in and his father began an exhilarated weighing and tallying: ugly face—a little more gold, a pale skin—a little less. A dark and ugly daughter of a rich man seemed their best bet.

Page Number: 98
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The Judge’s Father Character Timeline in The Inheritance of Loss

The timeline below shows where the character The Judge’s Father appears in The Inheritance of Loss. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
Colonialism and Globalization Theme Icon
Home and Belonging Theme Icon
Power and Humiliation Theme Icon
As the judge departed on the ship, the judge’s father yelled at him to toss the coconut. Jemubhai was embarrassed by his father, a barely... (full context)
Chapter 11
Colonialism and Globalization Theme Icon
Home and Belonging Theme Icon
The judge’s father had a small business procuring false witnesses to appear in court. He was proud of... (full context)
Chapter 49
Colonialism and Globalization Theme Icon
Gender and Misogyny Theme Icon
...sister whose husband was resentful of Nimi’s presence, frustrated that she was eating their food. The judge’s father arrived at his home to plead for Nimi, but the judge refused to take her... (full context)