First, reflect on your reading and annotations. Then, respond to the first and at least two additional questions below:
Everyone answer: What is the main message or theme of the story? Why do you think Lahiri wrote it? What are they trying to “say” with this story? What evidence can you cite (specific character traits, setting, dialogue, scenes, etc.) that supports the theme or message that you’re identifying?
What is significant about the title of the story, “A Temporary Matter?”
How would characterize Shoba and Shukumar’s relationship? Before and/or after the baby’s death?
Can you identify any interesting metaphors or symbols in the story that represent something greater?
How do you feel about the conclusion of the story? Is it a satisfying end to their story? What does it make you feel or think about the couple’s future?
Next, read through Yogesh S. Kashikar’s analysis, “Individual and Family Strife in Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘A Temporary Matter:’ Tracing the Roots in Feminism” and jot down some notes on your reaction: do you agree with Kashikar’s interpretation? are there elements you agree and disagree with? what elements of the analysis do you find most effective/weakest and why? does feminist criticism seem an appropriate and effective lens for analyzing Lahiri’s story? why or why not?
As you respond, refer back to the secondary texts on literary elements and working with literature that we’ve read the last two weeks (Meyer and Miller, Bennet, Abcarian, et al.).
You do not need to proofread this activity, and feel free to respond with incomplete sentences or in bullet point form, whatever is best for your writing process.