Sasha's Character Analysis

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In this particular passage, the reader ascertains the items exhibited in the apartment, the “heap of objects that was illegible yet clearly not random” clearly mean something to Sasha. According to pathological stealing diagnosis guidelines of ICD-10, there is an increasing sense of tension before and a sense of gratification during and immediately after the kleptomania act. These items were in fact acquired by Sasha’s “sticky fingers” over time; nonetheless, she did not take them for self-use or self-gain; she took them as a challenge, excitement or simply to “teach” someone a lesson. The fact that Alex was probing about the existence of said items immediately pushed Sasha out of her comfort zone, “Sasha moved closer to Alex, drawn to the…show more content…
The relationships Sasha fostered with her family members had a profound impact on her personality and her behavior. It is revealed in the story that her Uncle Ted knew Sasha would get caught in the crossfires of her parent’s fighting around the age of five, so he would take an active role and intervene by taking her out on walks to the beach to prevent further negative repercussions. (Egan, 200) Even so he was aware of the situation she was in and always pondered what would become of Sasha, considering the environment and exposure she received in her childhood. Paul Amato’s research determined that continual dissolution of marriages contribute to negative effect on a child’s present and future(Amato, 1270) A divorce doesn’t just affect the parents, it also takes a toll on the child tenfold. In Sasha’s case it molded her perception and outlook on the world; it distorted her sense of belonging, self-esteem and desire. Every individual reacts differently to traumatic events. Some children can overcome their obstacles, while others struggle with it their entire lives. Sasha did not handle her situation very well, as she started shoplifting at the age of thirteen. At the age of seventeen, she disappeared into the world to fend for herself and without a plan, succumbed to drugs, theft, and lived an unstable life, attempting suicide more once. (Egan, 196) It’s not a surprise that at one point Sasha took items in order to survive, and later ensued into her raging kleptomania, from which she obtained self-gratification and boosted her self-esteem in order to fill the void and cope with her father leaving. For each item taken, she indeed gained something instantaneous, but kept fueling and deepening the void, losing more of herself and her true potential, both individually and collectively. For every stolen item, there was a justification in Sasha’s mind, a valid reason
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