Importance Of Empathy In Sold By Patricia Mccormick

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To feel intellectual empathy for a person is to put oneself in the place of others so as to genuinely understand them. In the novel it is easy to feel empathy for most of the characters, because all of them have a reason of the actions that they are doing. Sold is a novel by Patricia McCormick, published in 2006. It tells the story of a girl from Nepal named Lakshmi, who is sold into sexual slavery in India. The novel is written in a series of short, vignette-style chapters, from the point of view of the main character. Leaving a lot of people feeling bad for the characters in the book the feeling of empathy people have for the characters is to be able to accurately reconstruct the viewpoints and reasoning of others and to reason from premises …show more content…
Monica has been at the house working for her family and her kid that she has. She returned back to the house after she had left and she was asked why and she stated, “When they heard I was coming….disgrace them.” (McCormick 32). She was at that house working to provide for her family and all the money that she made got sent to her family. She paid for her dad’s surgery and other things, but when she returned home they beat her and didn’t want her there. When Monica got back to the Happiness House, the girls asked about her daughter and she said, “They told her I was dead.” (McCormick 32). She did so much for her family and in return they did nothing but beat her and disown her. They wouldn’t let her see her own daughter, but everything that she went through was for them. It’s sad that they didn’t even have the audacity to thank her for putting herself through that house to give them what they have. Monica will never get to change the way she was because she got kicked out of the house because she got AIDS. It’s upsetting because she got this because she was trying to do her job and make Mumtaz happy and she just ended up getting thrown out. Not all of the people that went through a bad experience were the …show more content…
Everyday he had to get things for people at the Happiness House and different drunk people. The street boy made friends with Lakshmi and he told her, “We are both alone in this city.” (McCormick 32). He tells her that after he continues to leave her tea and when he offers her a coke. He doesn’t have any real friends in the city and is always made to do things for other people. After Lakshmi talks with the street boy for a while, he says to her, “I know everyone in this town.” (McCormick 32). He is the boy who works for someone to do and get whatever people need. He is abused by people on a daily and his boss doesn’t treat him correctly either. It’s sad because he is just a young boy that doesn’t know any better than to get the things that the people ask of him. As he grows, this experience will change him because he will never be his own person. He will continue to always get told what to do by other

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