Means that the family has father who doesnt gamble

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means that the family has father who doesn’t gamble away the landlord’s money playing cards in the tea shop.” (McCormick,1). The man of the household is supposed to take care of the finances to keep the family going. In this case Lakshmi’s stepfather doesn’t do his part because he wastes the money by gambling. This isn’t fair for Ama or Lakshmi because now they have to suffer when the weather is bad and their house gets ruined. The stepfather is selfish. Gender roles in Nepal aren’t fair for women because the men can do what they want while the woman have to suffer the consequences. Women are expected to follow a set of rules, while men are free to do as they please. Towards the middle of the story readers learn what a man should be doing for their family as
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well as what happens when a girl transitions into a woman. Lakshmi notices that she has gotten her ‘first blood’ so she tells Ama. She explains to her how she should start carrying herself now that she is becoming a woman. In the story it says “Now, she says, you must carry yourself with modesty, bow your head in the presence of men, and cover yourself with your shawl. Never look a man in the eye. Never allow yourself to be alone with a man who isn’t family.” (McCormick,
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