Interpreter of the Maladies

Interpreter of the Maladies

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  • Interpreter of the Maladies Mrs. Sen's  Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Storyboard created by Himaghna Kuntnumalla  Mr. Ruffer's Period 7o  English Class.
  • Elliot is an 11-year-old boy. Elliot can feed and entertain himself but his mom (flat character) wanted an adult in the house in case of an emergency. One of the babysitters who was learning to drive offered to have Elliot in her home. After inspecting the house Elliot’s mom was satisfied enough to let Elliot stay there after school for the entire year. So Mrs. Sen is the new babysitter.
  • Thinks- "Wow its time already for mom to come."
  • Mrs. Sen is a 30-year-old woman. “She had a small gap between her teeth and faded pockmarks on her chin,” (Direct Characterization) Her husband Mr. Sen is a math professor and they live in a university apartment. They are immigrants from India and now live in the U.S. Elliot noticed on his first visit that there was a bookcase near the front door containing several pairs of shoes and that neither Mr. nor Mrs. Sen wore any shoes at home.
  • "It's delicious."
  • "Thank You! Do you want to take some home?"
  • After school each day Elliot went to Mrs. Sen’s house. Elliot enjoyed watching Mrs. Sen chop vegetables on the floor every afternoon while he watched the TV. “Instead of a knife she used a blade that curved like the prow of a Viking Ship,” (Simile) To occupy Elliot, Mrs.Sen gave him comic sections of the newspaper and plenty of snacks each day.
  • Elliot and his mom lived in a tiny beach house which got very cold by September. He didn't mind going to Mrs. Sen's house each day as it was much warmer. Elliot and his mother barely went anywhere and his mom worked every day. When Elliot’s mother came to pick him up all of the evidence of Mrs. Sen's daily chopping was disposed of. It felt like they were expecting someone over but it was always just Mr. and Mrs. Sen who ate together.
  • Mrs. Sen never allowed Elliot’s mom to just pick him up and leave. She always insisted on his mother to sit down and eat something. She made something that she ate in Calcutta and thought others would like it too. “It’s Delicious,” his mom would conclude, setting down the plate after a bite or two. (Verbal Irony) She didn’t like the tastes and once they got home she ate bread, cheese, wine and for dinner, a pizza. 
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