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Minas Secret In Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri uses Mina Dass red outfit as a way to represent an unfaithful woman who is disconnected from her roots and has fallen out of love with life Her guilt from keeping a secret that one of her children is not from her husband but from an affair has caused her to act in a very distant and uncaring way Through the familys visit to the Sun Temple and the hills at Udayagiri and Khandagiri in India accompanied by Mr Kapasi a Gujarati interpreter for a doctor and part-time tour guide the author paints a picture of a woman who has grown cold and disconnected from her feelings Because of the events that happened on this trip to her native land she may have come to realize the error of her ways Mrs Dass clothes have a symbolic meaning She wore a red checked skirt and a blouse The blouse was decorated at chest level with a calico appliqu in the shape of a strawberry 256 The design on her shirt may not mean anything to her It is probably just for looks but I think it does represent something about who she is The color red is often considered to represent sex or lust In this case knowing about her infidelity it makes sense that the strawberry may represent a marking similar to the scarlet letter It also alludes to the fact that even though she is of Indian decent she really is an American Im sure the way she is dressed is not very common for an Indian woman in India Mrs Das consistently showed irresponsible and negligent behavior toward her children In one example the couple bickered about who would take their daughter Tina to the bathroom After this short pause in their trip Mr Kapasi locked the doors to make sure that it was safe to get going again As soon as
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