IJLLL 2015 Vol.1(1): 70-73 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.7763/IJLLL.2015.V1.15

An Analysis of the Identity Transformations and the Survival of an Immigrant in Bharati Mukherjee’s ‘Jasmine’

Anjana Sukumary
Abstract—Identity formation is integral to every human being where by a person locates oneself in society. However, in the case of immigrants, many of them undergo identity transformations as part of their adjustments with the host society. Bharati Mukherjee’s ‘Jasmine’ is the story of a village girl from India who immigrates to America and undergoes multiple identity transformations to assert her place in the American society. This paper is an exploration into Jasmine’s journey of transformed identities and how she emerges not only as a survivor but also a successful immigrant in America. It explains why these different identities are integral for her survival as an immigrant and ultimately throws light into the fact that for immigrants if the past is replete with sufferings and hopelessness, it is better to discard the past and move forward in life.

Index Terms—Identity, transformations, immigrant, survival, Bharati Mukherjee.

Anjana Sukumary is with the Humanities and Language Division, Mahidol University International College, Salaya, Thailand (e-mail: anjana.suk@mahidol.ac.th).

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Cite:Anjana Sukumary, "An Analysis of the Identity Transformations and the Survival of an Immigrant in Bharati Mukherjee’s ‘Jasmine’," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 70-73, 2015.

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