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The themes explored include identity, marriage, immigrant anxieties, East versus West and the second generation immigrant. Further, it looks at the immigrant condition of the narrator especially through exploring the dynamics of his relationships with other characters and how they evolve.
It also looks into the extent to which this story works within the short story genre. The beauty of the story lies in the simplicity with which Lahiri deals with her subject matter. Even though the broader theme of immigration from East to West lays out the structure of the story, it is dealt with it in a subtle manner.
The first person narrative lends the story the subjectivity that the themes require. The story is embedded in the voice of the unnamed character and all comments issue directly from him.
The facts the reader is given are all pertinent to his life and Lahiri does not interject as an author by giving general comments. Within the span of the story no extraneous information or judgment is given. Certain symbols, as discussed below, are used as stand-ins for the actual theme.
It is interesting therefore which characters Lahiri chooses to name. This obvious lack of a name makes the reader acutely aware of how the character might be Qureshi 2 as unnoticeable in person.
Initially it is fragmented but towards the end it begins to settle. In the beginning travel defines his identity by agitation; later marriage provides a sort of stability. However, at no point is his identity stable enough for him to reveal his name.
Even the style of the narration is such that it seems as if the narrator is thinking in Bengali and telling the story in English. When he first comes to the States, his isolation gets mixed in with his anxiety and inability to sleep.
He has to assimilate to every new culture he shifts to, on each of the three continents he lives on, Asia, Europe and North America. It is interesting to note that the narrator goes through two immigrations, first from India to England then from England to the United States of America.
The later transition is more definitive since he had adapted the English pace of living but then had to adapt to the different ways of American life. Such details elaborate the bigger aspect that this immigrant is familiar with the so-called Western way of living but has to realize that not all parts of the Western world are the same.
In this way the romanticized version of the West is brought down to size by showing the everyday mundaneness of immigrant life. He moves from egg curry in his communal living days to cereal, banana and milk in his solitary bachelor days and finally when he is married his wife cooks proper Bengali food for him.
Both arrive in America as lone men and have to make their own way in a new land. Such small differences make the narrator stand apart from other characters in the Diaspora literature. Croft, the century old woman, is a prominent figure in the story. It is perhaps because she is not a hostile figure.
That is probably the reason why the almost insane old lady and the middle-aged Indian immigrant develop a strange kind of friendship. The social dynamic between the two is surprisingly not portrayed as an East versus West dilemma, where one culture has to dominate the other.
It is a more organic human relation where she becomes the memorable figure in his life precisely because she provided him with a bridge into the new world and an opportunity to assimilate while holding on to some of his traditions.
The narrator looks back at the time with Mrs. Croft with fond memories. She provided a balance for him between his old and new home.Thesis/Project Statement - A concise statement of the thesis/project, e.g., the hypothesis to be tested, the thesis to be that the proposal is now in final form.
your committee. (If you do not have a third committee member, see the Graduate Coordinator.) o Arrange for a date, time, and place to present your proposal.
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In contrast to the present Earth and its distribution of continental mass, much of Pangaea was in the southern hemisphere and. “The Third and Final Continent” exhibits characteristics recurrent in writings by immigrants: tradition, adaptation, and identity.
Note how the thesis statement classifies the form of the work (writings by immigrants) and identifies the characteristics of that form of writing (tradition, adaptation, and identity) that the essay will discuss. Qureshi 1 The Third and Final Continent: An Exploration of Diaspora Themes and How the Story Works as a Short Story Mahum Qureshi This paper discusses in length the South Asian Diaspora related themes in Jhumpa Lahiri‟s story The Third and Final Continent.
The themes explored include identity. The Third and Final Continent Homework Help Questions. To what extent is "The Third and Final Continent," by Jhumpa Lahiri, about social and cultural. The 5-paragraph essay is the most common academic task a student may face. You can meet it in such tests as TOEFL, IELTS, and the SAT..
Because the majority of these examinations restrict the student in time, you should be ready for the writing section.