Nectar in a Sieve by Markandaya

610 WordsFeb 4, 20182 Pages
“Bend like the grass, that you do not break.” This quote, said by Nathan, shows that many characters do not fight for what they believe in, but rather, they let it happen, and acquiesce in their difficult situations. Nectar in a Sieve by Markandaya is a story about an Indian family living with demanding situations and trying to obtain food for their children, all while dealing with foreigners and a growing society. Numerous characters in the story accept issues and events that they cannot change. The characters' attitudes towards acceptance and change is to endure it, and let the change occur. The narrator, Rukmani, does not strive for what she believes in, instead, she lets the influences and decisions of others control her life. A point in the story when Rukmani accepts unavoidable circumstances, and does nothing to stop it, is when Kunthi blackmails Nathan into giving her their rice (Markandaya 85). This shows that Rukmani does not fight for what she believes in because she could have went looking for Kunthi to get her rice back, but she did not. Therefore, Rukmani lets others control her. Another time in Nectar in a Sieve when the protagonist accepts changes that occur in her life is when Raja is killed (Markandaya 90). Two men come to Rukmani’s house, and they are subtly telling her not to sue them for the death of her child. Instead of suing the tannery for the premature death of her son, she simply concurred with the men that his death was not their
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