The Role Of Hope In Nectar In A Sieve By Kamala Markandaya

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Hope is really important to have in life, even when no one else believes it will be alright. It often helps many people become aware that hope has a big influence on many. In the novel Nectar in a Sieve, the author Kamala Markandaya explains how challenges aren't meant to stop anyone. Kamala explains to her readers about a couple named Rukmani, and Nathan who are poor farmers in India. They have an arranged marriage, but love each other dearly. Throughout their lives they have hope, strength, and get used to change. Kenny is a white doctor who helps Rukmani during her hardships. Nathan and Rukmani have many children together, and when things turn bad for a little boy she adopts the extrovert boy named Puli. Rukmani and her family face many …show more content…
‘“I have no sons,... come and see me, he said at last.’” “‘It is possible I may be able to do something…’”(Markandaya 7) Rukmani has no boys, and she has gone to the doctor named Kenny for help. Even when she couldn't conceive any boys she had hope that someday it would happen. This teaches the reader that everyone should have hope, and waiting is better than giving up. A drought has taken over and has made the land very sere. The family had hope after the drought that things may just be okay. The crops are what Rukmani and her family look forward to. This is how Nathan is acting about the crops being successful, “‘...shaking his head as if he could not believe in so much good fortune…”’(Markandaya 39) This is related to hope because Nathan is happy Rukmani and the family will be able to pay for the land and have enough to keep for themselves. After a period of starvation the family had hope that things would get better. When the landlord sold the land to the tannery they had hope that somehow things would be okay. Nathan and Rukmani both can't believe the land has been sold, especially since their home lies within the land. They are in a bit of a dilemma, and they don't know if they should stay and find a way to live or travel. In the end they choose to travel to the city where their third son Murugan lives. It is an enigma as to why Murugan has left the city, but Nathan and …show more content…
Rukmani is looking forward to her wedding night, thinking it will be the best thing that has ever happened to her. These are some thoughts from Rukmani, “‘A women,they say, always remembers her wedding night.”’(Markandaya 3) She is the last born, and is not as pretty as her sisters. Rukmani has matured and she has learned that change is not as bad as it seems. Ira is scared when it is her time to get married. Ira doesn't want to leave home, and live with a stranger. Ira is known as a beautiful young lady, and doesn't need to enhance her looks to find a man. Iras husband said, “‘She has not borne in her first blooming, who can say she will conceive later? I need sons.”’ (Markandaya 18) After years of no children Iras husband has had a lack of apathy, and this teaches the reader that sometimes things can't always go our way. Both of Rukmani's older sons Aruban, and Thambi have gotten jobs at the tannery. A tannery has been built and is in high demand for workers. The boys know a lot of money is not being brought in so they try and pitch in with the money they get. Even though Rukmani didn't want the boys to work in a tannery she accepted the change. This teaches the reader that change can be good, but sometimes it can be a bad

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