In a way I got exactly what I thought I would, but not the way I wanted it. To be asked what I believe the ending is about or what Ashoke Mehta means when he says, "You also have a problem," really caused one to think about how he was presented throughout the entire story. When we first meet this strange character it is from an ad in a newspaper where this seemingly well-off, good-looking man comes into play. How can this dreamy man still be single with no strings attached?
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While the two protagonists display many of the same behaviors and often have similar motivations, their reasoning and reactions sometimes differ. Both Maya, the protagonist of "The Tenant", and the unnamed protagonist of "Lust" have many relationships in the course of the stories. These relationships are …show more content… Her refusal to sleep with Indian men is a testament to this. At the same time, she feels lost in America and its culture; it is possible that her sexual exploits are part of a misguided attempt to "fit in".
Additionally, she has a very difficult time refusing boys. She cannot bring herself to refuse dates, and she thinks that "the worst thing anyone could call [her is] a cock-teaser" As a result, she feels that she must have sex with any boy she dates.
What are these women looking for in all of these relationships? Maya is a tenant, as the title of the story suggests, in many ways. She does not seem to feel truly at home in America, and it is made clear that she rejects many aspects of Indian culture. She claims that "All Indian men are wife beaters" , and in her sexual exploits, avoids Indian men completely. Maya exists in "the confused world of the immigrant" , and is searching for a home; a place to fit in.
The protagonist of "Lust" has similar, though not identical, motivations. She seems to be searching for her place as well; she is looking for love and acceptance. Sex is, to her, the path of least resistance; it is easier for her to.
Although most of her To have a happy life, first of all it has to be desired. There is another aspect of life that opposite desire, duty. Both of them create life. Jasmine is the main character of the same name novel of Bharati Mukherjee who struggle about what she should act to, desire or duty. She was born in a very traditional culture that supports duty while she really want to live a life that she can choose. The story begins with the appearance of an astrologer.
Comparing Bharati Mukherjee's The Tenant and Susan Minot's Lust