Book Report on “The Interview” by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

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The story entitled “the Interview” by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is a depiction of a male’s character in the eyes of the individuals around him Even if this story is in first individual perspective, the narrator itself accepted and announced the fact of being lazy and egoistic. The way he viewed his life is unforeseeable in a sense of negativity since he might not able to appreciate things and might not live his life for the betterment of his own self and his partner.

” The last time I had an interview, it was extremely undesirable for me. One of the people who was speaking with took a dislike to me and yelled at me extremely loudly” (Jhabvala 267). This part of the story revealed that the narrator or the personality of the story discovers different defects and inaccuracy to the places and situation that he used to have in order to refuse and become unable to obtain the circumstance. It is a form of escape for the character from the different situations that happens in him.

. Despite of having a notion of completeness and advantages, he still perceived that he is empty and unhappy to his situation but he did not accept the fact of his psychological problems that only him could understand and determine.

            The ending of the story is simple a representation of laziness of the character but the author did not stated any transformation of the character’s point of view. It means that the character is full of anxieties and insecurities within him that he did not want to recognize because it will lead him into an uncertain situation that he himself would not eventually obtain.

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Therefore, the character is flat and static because he did not change all throughout the story that made him incapable of understanding his own self.


Jhabvala, R. P. The Interview. pp. 259-271

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