An analysis of the short story “The Third and Final Continent” by Jhumpa Lahiri shows that the narrative has a chronological structure. The story follows the narrator across the years, as he travels to three continents.
The main character of the story is the narrator, an Indian man who settles in America with his wife, Mala. Mrs. Croft, the narrator’s elderly landlady, plays an important role in the story and becomes an iconic reminder of his first weeks in America.
The story’s physical setting changes several times, and the events take place on three continents: Asia, Europe, and America. The main events take place in America, where the narrator settles with his wife.t. The social setting mainly explores the immigrant experience. The social setting also looks at the condition of immigrant Indian women, widowhood, and tradition.
The story is told by a first-person narrator, who is also the main character. His account is objective and straightforward until the last part of the story, where he shows more emotion.
The language used in the story is neutral and straightforward. The choice of words sometimes highlights the main character’s background and gives the story authenticity.
A full analysis of the short story can be found in the following pages.