Communication and Marriage Communication plays an immense role in effective

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Communication and Marriage Communication plays an immense role in effective relationships. Communication is a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior. The short stories "This Blessed House" and "A Temporary Matter" by Jhumpa Lahiri both focus on the kind of communication you need in an effective relationship. This essay will discuss the different types of communication between the couples in the two stories and if the problems with communication behavior are similar to one another.

"A Temporary Matter" focuses on a type of communication that is not very often seen in modern days. The communication between the couple, Shoba and Shukumar went from speaking to one another every time the saw each other, to barely speaking at all. In the beginning of the story Shoba and Shukumar, receive a notice stating, "For five days their electricity would be cut off for one hour, beginning at eight P.M."

(1) The story then continues and looks about a year back, to the events that happen prior to the couple receiving the electricity notice. The story includes a flashback and paints a picture of a happy couple that is expecting a birth of a child. When, Shoba goes in to give birth to her baby three weeks early, she ends up losing her baby. It was a stillbirth. "The baby was born dead." (3) At the end of the story, the reader learns that while Shoba is recovering in the hospital, Shukumar unknowingly comes to the hospital and finds out the sex of the stillborn child. After the loss of their baby, the communication between Shoba and her husband Shukumar changes: "He and Shoba had become experts at avoiding each other in their three-bedroom house, spending as much time on separate floors as...



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