Markandaya's Nectar In A Sieve

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Markandaya Kamala, the author of the book Nectar in a Sieve, is an Indian woman that expresses the struggles of colonial India in her book. Kamala's tone and diction described the pain the characters endured. The protagonist, Rukmani, endured her pain with her understanding and kind husband. Rukmani fought her own type of battles with hope and continued fighting. With Rukmani's hope came the fear of losing her children, not being able to survive and not having a roof over her family's head. Therefore, she did not give up despite of how much loss and change occurred in her life. The hope she had could not erase her fear and anxiety. The idea that her losses were big gave her the fear of losing more. The fear changed her life, but it…show more content…
Strewing honey does not have anything coming out of it just like work without hope. Rukmani believed that the hardships she was going through could be dealt with by working hard. While land was her only hope, Rukmani worked with hope in order for her and her husband to go back to the place that built up all of the hope inside of her. "We are all in God’s hands, and He is merciful," (Markandaya, 50). She believed that god is merciful, life is good and patience is the key. Whenever she was facing a difficult time she was hoping for the best. Her husband's death was about to make her lose the hope she kept for years. The hope did not end when Nathan, her husband, was dying. "You are not alone," he said. "I live in my children," (Markandaya, 185). Her husband gave her the hope she needed. After her husband's death there was still hope because he lives in her children. Rukmani still had Selvam, Ira and Ira's little albino kid. As long as Nathan's and Rukmani's children existed in Rukmani's life there was still hope. Nathan was Rukmani's way of hope and he gave her so much to remember. His death was hard for her but the hope he gave her was enough to make her
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