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Identity crisis in Manju Kapur's 'The immigrant' and Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Namesake'
Published in Serials Publications
Volume: 97
Issue: 2
Pages: 83 - 90
Since the dawn of human civilization, the urge and the longing of human beings for 'Identity' is unique. The efforts made by each person lead to the goal of 'Identity.' Without identity, a human being is nothing. In order to ascertain one's own identity here on the earth, human beings prefer different mediums such as name, house, fame, property, popularity, etc. Of all these elements, 'Name' and 'House' have an effective part to instill the sense of identity among people. Jhumpa Lahiri has said, "The question of identity is always a difficult one, but especially for those who are culturally displaced, as immigrants are who grow up in two worlds simultaneously." Lahiri, not only speaks of her elements of Identity Crisis faced by the people who migrate from the native land to other country, but also of all people in general. The paper here discusses how the novelist brings out the life of a married woman, with her husband alone to talk with, all alone in an alien land where Indian Culture and Individualism has often remained alien ideas. Manju Kapur's "The Immigrant" is a story of two immigrants, Nina and Ananda. The immigrant souls are always found to be divided. Manju Kapur chose Canada as the background for her novel, The Immigrant and discusses the Indian diaspora in Canada. © Serials Publications.
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