Literary Analysis : Nectar Of A Sieve

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Kamala Markandaya published “Nectar in a Sieve” in 1954 in attempts to enlighten the world about how hard it was to live a rural Indian life in that time period. She tells this story through Rukmani, a woman who was given away in marriage at the age of twelve to a poor tenant farmer that she had never met. Rukmani is very obedient to her husband as she helps him work in the unyielding fields and is a wonderful, caring mother to her seven children. The struggles that Markandaya highlights in her book are not only problems known to a peasant villager, but they are also specific to women. Women’s roles in India during the twentieth century is very different from women’s roles in the United States at that time, and because Rukmani was a woman, she played a silent but necessary part in her culture.

Being a woman in India automatically qualified Rukmani for being a wife to someone that she would not have known and playing the role of a servant in her household. If she was lucky she might be able to bear children and be attentive to their needs as well. They might have found ways to make money for their family, but the average Indian woman was used for babies and housekeeping. In the book, this behavior is not questioned, but it does play a big role as one of the main themes of the story. When she had reached the age where she could start having children, even though she was very well educated, she immediately became a wife to a person who was below her previous social status.…
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