Daily Writing for "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine" and Interpreter of Maladies"

On Thursday, you will write two separate discussions, one for each story. Each response will be worth 20 points. Be sure to begin each response with a topic statement that answers the question and then follow the topic statement with a series of supporting examples. Here are the topics:

  1. In "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine," discuss how Lilia's personal identity is a function of "twoness." How do her study at school, her relationship with Mr. Pirzada, and her experiences on Halloween all contribute to her dual identity as both Indian and American?


  1. In "Interpreter of Maladies," how are monkeys important to the end of the story? That is, explain what happens between Bobby and the monkeys and discuss how that event has both demonstrated that the Das family does not belong in India and changed Mr. Kapasi's view of the Das family.