This paper aims to study how Bharati Mukherjee has captured the chaos of the Melting Pot about the Indian immigrant experiences in America in her short stories and novels.
It is interesting to note that although Prakash has passed away, in Jasmine'smind he is still trying to repress the Jyoti part of her. Jasmine does not goback to the village, but instead travels to America in order to fulfill herhusband's dream of immigration. Her goal once she reaches America, however, isvastly different than that of attending college as Prakash one dreamed of."I had planned- it all so perfectly. To lay out the suit [that belonged toPrakash], to fill it with twigs and papers. To light it, then to lie upon it inthe white cotton sari I had brought from home" (Mukherjee 104). Jasmine isnot coming to America to follow the American Dream of "Life, Liberty andHappiness", but rather to fulfill the traditional role of the Indian widowwho flings herself onto her husbarp uneral pyre. This mission shows that despitePrakash's best efforts, Jyoti still remains a part of Jasmine. In the end, itwill be when Jasmine is raped in America and the beloved suit and white saridefiled by the man's fingers that she gives up her death wish and instead beginsto make a new life for herself.
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Impulsively, Jasmine decides to cast off the role of caregiver and start overagain in California, and in doing so, drops the name of Jane for good. "itisn't guilt that I feel, it's relief. I realize I have already stopped thinkingof myself as Jane. Adventure, risk, transformation: the frontier is pushingindoors through uncaulked windows. Watch me reposition the stars..." (Mukherjee212). Jasmine finally decides to live the American Dream to the fullest, andbegins her journey to the land of California to make that dream come true.