Nectar in a Sieve | Study Guide

Kamala Markandaya

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Rukmani, Part 1, Chapter 19 ant is our companion from birth to death, familiar as the seasons or the earth. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, University of Minnesota Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Bullocks Reflect the hardworking peasants and their lack of choices Rice Represents life and fertility, both of humans and of the earth Cobra Symbolizes the danger of Kunthi’s deceptions during the famine Symbols Vain and conniving prostitute; uses sex to exploit others for survival Kunthi Generous Western doctor frustrated by India’s poverty; helps Rukmani combat poverty Kennington Determined rice farmer; harbors a dark secret and eventually works himself to death Nathan Optimistic, compassionate peasant; remains focused on her family despite hardships Rukmani Main Characters Best known for her sympathetic portrayal of Indian peasants, Markandaya was the first female Indian author of her generation. Portraying complex female characters who break the mold of “traditional” Hindu wives, her works have become the seminal representation of rural Indian lives for Western audiences. KAMALA MARKANDAYA1924–2004 Author Education proves to be the only effective tool for empowering the poor. Education Despite devastating losses, Rukmani enjoys small pleasures and never loses hope. Optimism In the face of horrific hardships, characters do what they must to survive. Survival Amid a horrific famine in rural India, optimistic peasant Rukmani and her rice farmer husband spend their lives simply accepting fate. They work hard, overcome tremendous losses, and never lose hope. They, like the villagers around them, do what they must in order to survive. Enjoy Small Pleasures While You Can THEMES English Original Language 1954 Year Published Kamala Markandaya Author Nectar in a Sieve Drama Novel

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