Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2016)
The assimilated immigrant: A study on Bharati Mukherjee’s novel Jasmine
Author(s): Dr. Santhanalakshmi A, Vinotorchali V
Abstract: People move from one place to another across the globe for various purpose. It might be for a tour, an exploration, profession, trade, business, etc. In this technologically transforming world young minds today wanted to satisfy their intellectual thirst exploring different lands in order to bag an identity of their own. More than homeland, an alien land seems to be an exotic experiment to most of the youths today. It is pitiable that after venturing into new land as immigrants people realize that pretence of exotics is just a mirage. In fact, the immigrants do relish the glamour of the land earning currency which paves way to lead a life of sophistication. But the burning question is: does the life of sophistication had given them peace of mind and mental healthiness they received in their homeland? Being exposed to new culture, new people, new tradition, the exotic experience the immigrants dreamt ends up in a nightmare. But still people accept their new land and they do start a normal life overcoming the turmoil they faced in the past. This paper is an attempt to light how Bharathi Mukherjee’s Jasmine pictures it’s protagonist as an assimilated immigrant.