`` Unaccustomed Earth `` By Jhumpa Lahiri Essay

1159 Words Jul 25th, 2016 null Page
How do we feel when we see our grandchildren growing up without having deep connections with us? Immigrant families have been coming to the United States for decades now. The connections across the family members in generations are not as they used to be because of the concept of independence and autonomy. This idea has damaged family connections by causing a huge gap among generations. In the short story “Unaccustomed Earth,” the author, Jhumpa Lahiri, presents an immigrant family that struggled with maintaining its connections from being lost by the problems caused by the idea of independence and autonomy. Lahiri states that after the death of Ruma’s mother, Ruma’s relationship with her father took its worst form because the communications were only one sided and not filled with love. Lahiri describes that Ruma thought that her father’s visit might be a responsibility and burden, but it turned out to be one of the happiest moments of her life. Lahiri explains that during Dadu’s visit, the relationships between Dadu, Ruma and Ruma’s son, Akash, grew stronger. She adds that this closeness led to more conflicts after Dadu rejected the offer Ruma made for him to stay with them. Lahiri concludes that Dadu’s decision had crushed Ruma’s and her son’s hope of developing the bond further. Consequently, the notion of independence and autonomy was harmful to Ruma’s family because it crashed the relationship Ruma had with her father, despite the efforts made by Ruma, and it…

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