Process Of Romanticism Essay

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Humanity yearns for love. Love erases boredom and grants meaning, and consequently, humans will strive to love. Interpersonal romance is the predominant form of love, but one can love an idea or an object as well. However, for many people, love can prove difficult to find; hence, life becomes dreary and tedious, a vat of misery. Therefore, at times, a person will inflate a person or an idea to be perfect, to create love, in a sense, so that reality may not be so harsh. Thus, the idea of romanticism arises, where a person inflates an object or an idea to perfection, so that a person may love. In the story “Interpreter of Maladies,” by Jhumpa Lahiri, Mr. Kapasi, and both Mr. and Mrs. Das ...view middle of the document...

Mr. Kapasi feels his job is dreary and no one, not even him, cares about it, despite that translation was his dream, which depresses him. Additionally, his wife also despises both him and his job, giving him no attention, depressing him all the more. He lacks a satisfying purpose in life, both occupationally and romantically. However, Mrs. Das comments how his job is “so romantic” and applauds him, declaring that the patients are more “dependent” on Mr. Kapasi than the doctor (18). In essence, Mrs. Das satisfies his occupational needs, the belief that his job is important, and his romantic needs, the attention that his wife fails to give him, shining a light into Mr. Kapasi’s life. This light makes Mr. Kapasi believe that there is still hope for him, and as a result, this captivates Mr. Kapasi, describing this captivation as “intoxicating,” and thus his interest in Mrs. Das grows (19). After being in the doldrums for so long, what with the wife and the job, Mr. Kapasi finally feels liberated because of a tiny bit of interest from Mrs. Das, and this initiates Mr. Kapasi to leave his prior misery behind.
Subsequently, because of renewed hope, the person becomes wildly obsessed with the object of interest, creating delight. After the object gives hope, the person becomes impassioned for the object; it grants importance and thus triggers eagerness. Consequently, in order to sate this passion, the person’s thoughts become dominated by the object, altering his or her typical decisions accordingly. As the person chases the object, doing everything he or she feasible to achieve what their preoccupation demands, these actions uplifts the person’s spirits. In Mr. Kapasi’s case, he becomes impassioned for Mrs. Das when his “feeling of intoxication grew” because her interest in him gives him hope (19). This newfound passion causes him to become obsessed with Mrs. Das to satisfy his own interest in her. For instance, his obsession is shown when he starts fretting about seemingly insignificant matters. He is pleased that he wore one suit and not the other (20). He worries if Mrs. Das can smell his perspiration (20). He worries if she sees the orange juice dripping down his mouth (20). The trivial nature of these worries conveys that Mrs. Das is constantly on Mr. Kapasi’s mind. These obsessions in turn produce happiness. For instance, Mrs. Das is usually a very selfish person; she does not hold her daughters hand nor shares her popcorn with her family, and she criticizes her husband for being too cheap (12, 15, 16). However, she calls Kapasi’s job romantic, beckons him to sit with the family when they eat, and asks him for his address; she gives him attention that she fail to give to her family (17, 20). These accommodations for Mr. Kapasi are because she becomes obsessed with him after learning that he could possibly fix her problems as an interpreter; she is finally interested in life despite her restless past. Her concessions toward Mr. Kapasi and the fact...

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