Lakshmi Questions And Answers

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1. How did you see power being used and/or abused in this book? How would you feel if you were the main character?
In the book Sold the person with the power changes throughout the book. At the beginning the person with the power was Lakshmi’s stepfather. He is not able to work but he uses Ama and Lakshmi to his advantage. Ama serves him even though he does not provide anything to the family. He takes the money for himself and gambles it away. He then sells Lakshmi into prostitution without Ama knowing. He abuses his power as the man of the house. He tells them they shouldn 't shame him because "A man who gambles away our earnings is better than no man at all." Once Lakshmi gets to the Happiness House the power shifts to Mumtaz. She controls the whole house and makes all the decisions. She forces Lakshmi to be a prostitute and makes her to pay off her debt. Lakshmi is told that the money she is making is being sent home to her Ama but Mumtaz was lying to her. If I was Lakshmi I would feel betrayed by my stepfather. I would be scared not knowing if I would ever be able to escape. I would worry about my family back home because stepfather is not willing to share the money with Ama. By the end of the story Lakshmi takes control and
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Reading this book makes me aware of the terrible things that happen to women. I know more about gender equality and how women are just expected to serve for their husbands. I Learned about human trafficking and how kids are tricked and forced to be a prostitute. It shocks me that her stepfather would sell her and lie to Ama about where Lakshmi was going. I learned a lot about how kids have to make sacrifices for their families if they do not have enough money. Lakshmi’s friend Gita had to go work as a maid and send money home to her family. Children are not able to have an education or have fun because they are forced to make money for their

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