The novel centers on 9 people, from various backgrounds, stuck in an Indian consulate in the United States after an earthquake entrapped them. The novel covers various topics and subtexts, but the overall message is that telling stories is a cathartic experience that brings people--regardless of race, age, gender, and ideology--closer to understanding. The novel also explores the human condition, which is The novel also explores the human condition, which is universal despite the Indian cultural references in the narrative.
Clothes by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni By: The traditional Indian attire for a woman is a sari and each one has its own purpose. Her clothes also indicate her progression from daughter, to wife, to woman.
The story starts off with the bride to be in a yellow sari preparing to meet her future husband by bathing in a lake. She describes the yellow sari as a sunflower after rain.
Yellow here could possible signify new times to come or peace. The bath she was taking is relaxing her to the idea that she is about to marry a man she has not even met, as well as the thought of losing her family.
Next, Sumita is dressed for her bride-viewing in a light pink sari which signifies marriage, luck and possibility. This sari not only shows her faith towards her heritage but it also denotes their family wealth.
Her transition in this section is from daughter to wife. By wearing this pink sari she would surely be chosen as Somesh wife. Once chosen as the perfect wife Sumita has to take a plane ride to the United States.
Sumita chose to wear a blue sari because to her it represented the color of possibility and it also matched the color of the sky to which she was traveling in. Her mother on the other hand wanted to wear red.
Red in her belief is supposed to give luck to married women. Once in America you see that Sumita is now starting to transition from wife to woman. Her husband buys her American clothes and she proudly tries them on and shows them of in the mirror for him.
One of the pieces is a T-shirt that is the color of sunrise orange. To her this signifies the color of joy and her new American life. You can see that she is now deciding this on her own without her tradition or beliefs getting in the way. In others it is the color of royalty or deities.
He is constantly having to work the night shift to try to earn extra money so that they can move out on their own. One night he is held at gun point and shot to death. To mourn his death Sumita wears a white sari.
During the mourning of his death they perform a bangle breaking ceremony. The multi-colored shards might represent the fact that right now her life has shattered like the bracelets and she is scattered in a place that she is not familier with.Sumita is luckily married into a good family that does not take advantage of her.
The Dowry System Colors of Clothes Throughout the story, Divakaruni uses the colors of Sumita’s saris to capture the mood of the scene and the feelings of Sumita as she is married off. At . The short story “Clothes” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is about a young Indian woman, Sumita, and her cultural transition to America that is symbolized by her clothes and the color of her clothes.
The traditional Indian attire for a woman is a sari and each one has its own purpose. The short story “Clothes” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is about a young Indian woman, Sumita, and her cultural transition to America that is symbolized by her clothes and the color of her clothes.
The traditional Indian attire for a woman is a sari and each one has its own purpose. Before moving on to the analysis of the short story, one needs at least some background knowledge about the author to fully understand what compelled him or her to write a story.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni was born in Kolkata, India. 1. Clothes is a very important aspect that gives cultural identity.
Was there a difference in Sumita when she wore a white shirt and long brown skirt rather than her saris/traditional gowns? 2. How does the title "Clothes" connect to the story? What does it reveal about Indian tradition?
3. The change in clothes mark something for Sumita. THE U.S.
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