Character Analysis.

Essay by jubeiyama December 2005

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Character Analysis in Steinbeck's and Lahiri's:

A character is an imagined person who inhabits a story. There may be one or more characters throughout the story: flat, round, dynamic, and so forth. This is what keeps the story going and makes it different and, thus, interesting. In Steinbeck's and Lahiri's, there is some familiarity happening within these two stories and, at the same time, differentiation.

In Steinbeck's, Elisa is the main character, whereas, in Lahiri's main character is Mrs. Das, both story use female as the main characters. They are, assumably from the story, around the same age and they both are married. "The first thing Mr. Kapasi, the tour guy, has noticed when he saw Mr. And Mrs. Das, standing with their children under the patio of the hotel was that they were very young, perhaps not even thirty", quoted from Lahiri's. Quoted from Steinbeck's, "She was thirty-five", clearly indicates Elisa's age.

Nevertheless, Elisa and Henry, her husband, do not have any children together, where Mr. and Mrs. Das have three, though one was from another man, "Raj's. He's not Raj's son", quoted from Mrs. Das referring to her little boy, Bobby, during a conversation with Mr. Kapasi.

Both female married young and unhappy with their marriages, isolated emotion from their spouses trying to fulfill their emotion in another man. Mr. Das referred his wife by her first name in which Mr. Kapasi found it strange, "They were all like siblings, Mr. Kapasi thought as they passed a row of date trees. Mr. And Mrs Das behaved like an older brother and sister, not parents". The couple does not show much affection toward each other or even to their children, quoted "Mrs. Das reached into her straw bag and pulled out a bottle of colorless...