As a girl today, I am well aware of the adversities for women in the world. Inequalities in our society are undeniable, but we focus on our own lives rather than women’s lives in the horrific world of human trafficking. The novel Sold by Patricia McCormick explores this terrible world and its implications. McCormick has experience with this world through extensive research and time spent among third world country red light districts. Reading this text, I began to think about gender and its large role on society. More specifically, gender’s role on women and their positions in the world. Being a young woman, I fall into the intended audience of the book. The rhetoric in the book appeals to the young girls around the same age of the main character …show more content…
McCormick uses these women to make the story more real rather than relatable to the audience. I use the world “real” in the sense that it could be true. The idea of a girl with the same story of this main character seems to be plausible. When the novel introduces the proprietor of the brothel - also known as the “Happiness House - Mumtaz, the intention does not aim to spark a connection or build rapport with the reader. Made to give shock and horror, Mumtaz creates one of many true roles in this terrible world: “The fat woman asks angry questions in the city language. ‘Yes, Mumtaz,’ says the dark-skinned girl. ‘No, Mumtaz,’ says the frowning girl.” (McCormick, 100). The power she asserts over the girls in the happiness house propels Mumtaz and her wealth. Mumtaz rules the girls with an iron fist, as can be seen in the quote above, and even then she operates under control of the man that manufactures multiple of brothels like this one. If she didn’t treat the girls so poorly, one can assume Mumtaz would not hold the same position of power. While other characters in this book share the cruelness of Mumtaz, not all of the women in Lakshmi’s life put their needs above others to reach their goals. Ama, Lakshmi’s mother, exemplifies the traditional “good” female role. To understand what I mean by this, one would have to define “good”. I use the word in the purest sense: good and bad; black and white. Portrayed as the strong, dedicated, stereotypical, maternal type, Ama attempts to protect her little girl at all costs. Whenever Lakshmi wants go to the city to work, Ama refuses by saying, “‘Lakshmi, my child,’ she says. ‘You must stay in schools, no matter what your stepfather says.’” (McCormick, 1). She breaks the gender boundaries early on the first page of the book by defying the man of the households wishes and undermining his needs. Ama feels compelled to protect her young child from the
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The irony of the name speaks for itself as the only people who are indeed happy are Mumtaz and the men who violate the girls. This title is a bit of a connection to Lakshmi’s life as she is meant to understand that not everything that is perceived correct is indeed correct. It also makes us ponder upon how she is meant to take in the little happiness of life. In Happiness House, she is repeatedly drugged and raped. Mumtaz puts Lakshmi in a room and locks it from the outside.
. . My stepfather scowls, but he does not say anything. On any other day, he would not tolerate such defiance, especially from a mere girl” (McCormick 54-55). After he sold Lakshmi, he is tolerates her defiance and accepts it. He’s not the only other one in the novel that people can feel compassionate towards.
Women throughout history have always been oppressed. They were thought of as objects to create families and keep the husband happy. This began to change when women started to argue for more rights in the 1800’s. It still took many years for women to receive equal rights though. In 1920 women in America were finally granted suffrage, meaning the right to vote.
This book offers not only insight to why a young girl might be sold but also what it is like for them once they realize what their families have done. It was also evident in the book that the young girls trust the people who take them. They feel like for once they are doing good and supporting their families. Most of the children who are sold are farm children just like Lakshmi. All they want is to help their families and they have been betrayed.
However, most agree that this is something that needs to be addressed on bigger scale because it 's a crime. Patricia McCormick wrote Sold to exploit the world for paying attention to the wrongs things , and not paying to attention to anything but themselves . She also writes Sold to find out more about the sexual system , and what happens to these girls that are getting abducted into labor while thinking otherwise most of the time. Lastly she wrote sold to find out more about Human trafficking and how it happens so often. Thus, McCormick wrote this novel to reveal how human trafficking is an humane act that happening
The pain people go through to have a perfect life is unthinkable; however, in a countries like India and Nepal, having a decent lifestyle is merely impossible. From beatings to pleading for life, India is considered to be the fourth most dangerous places for women to live. In fact, after sixty-seven years of independence, fifty percent of India is in poverty causing families to sell their daughters off to prostitution. In the novel Sold by Patricia McCormick, narrated by Lakshmi (thirteen year old girl) told her story about being tricked into prostitution. Wanting to escape, Lakshmi couldn't, knowing the fact that she was going to save her family from poverty (false statement).
“I decide to think that it is all a nightmare. Because if what is happening is real, it is unbearable” (). This is merely one of the heart crushing moments in the novel Sold by Patricia McCormick. This is a realistic fiction about the atrocities of human trafficking and the sex trade in third world countries. Some would argue that this is merely a coming-of-age story written to entertain ,however, most agree that McCormick wrote this story to inform young adults about human trafficking of children in other countries.
Along with her personal story Noy presents the struggles of the human trafficking industry as a whole. The abundance of human trafficking is extremely high and common in countries outside the United States, however she provides examples of these devastating occurrences within United States. Traffickers in Ghana and Togo typically sought out young families with children and often promise the parents a better life an education in the “States” that can not be achieved in their home country. Parents have hopes of a better life for their kids and trust the trafficker will ensure their kids the life they promise. Traffickers find green card winners and send the girls
McCormick uses this dark tug-of-war within Arn’s mind to express how one simple act of goodwill does so much to harden his resolve, which demonstrates how hope is so important perseverance. Lakshmi faces similar internal struggles in Sold when she must decide whether to go along with her captor's plan and become a sex slave, or to try to escape and start a new life. This is a difficult choice because staying in the brothel would mean nightly
Lakshmi makes the point that race didn't matter after 9/11; she's emphasizing that if you weren't white or light skinned, then you were an enemy to America. Through some of the later poems in the book, Lakshmi also challenges the conventional American identity of being self righteous knowing what is good for every other
With my project, “Community Coalitions for Awareness to End Human Trafficking” (or CCAEHT for short), I want to shed light on human trafficking, a trans-national crime which victimized over twenty million people in 2012 (ILO). As someone who believes that news coverage and social media can make a difference, I find it appalling that so many innocent lives have been ruined, yet this pressing matter receives little public attention. The organ trade, sex slavery, and child prostitution are things people just don’t want to think about. Certainly, it is disturbing
And I think he spent the rest of his life regretting it deeply.’”. This quote illustrates an upbringing of Patricia McCormick and allows us to percept a type of personality of her. In the book Sold I think that Patricia McCormick’s personality is most expressed through the personality of Lakshmi. Both the author and main character are woman of fortitude. Lakshmi is a woman of fortitude due to the fact that she’s prospered through the halfway house, and to our knowledge will go on to proceed with a much better life.
when he addresses ideology and explains that, “we all are subjected to dominant perspectives in the most mundane and ordinary activities of our lives” (Ideological Criticism 211). For instance, an activity such as reading the Twilight saga, which contains messages about gender roles, is an example of dominant perspectives that adolescent girls are subjected to. Since young girls are already easily influenced, it doesn’t help to have something that they love and are very interested in, as this causes them to become more influenced. These stories have developed quite the audience when it comes to young girls and they have also played a role in influencing said young girls about gender roles. These gender roles portrayed in the saga explain to readers that women are a weaker sex.
“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything”-Albert Einstein Human Trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labour, organs removal, commercial sex exploitation and economic exploitation. Normally, trafficking is done by threat, compulsion, abduction, fraud, misleading, abuse of power, vulnerability, giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim .Trafficking in person is a serious crime and dignified violation of human rights . Most of people nowadays do not know that human slavery still exists; after it was abolished 150 years ago, its proven when there is an auction of young women intended for sexual slavery occurred publicly in Britain highly policed location and another auction even took place in front of a café at Greenwich Airport, Britain (News by BBC UK, 4 June 2006, 14.31 GMT). These crimes have been booming and become a global phenomenon when victims from at least 153 countries were detected in 124 countries worldwide between 2010 and 2012.