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The Value of Suffering in Kamala Markandayas Nectar in a SieveShoshana M Landow 91 Anthropology 302 Princeton University 1989Kamala Markandayas Nectar in a Sieve portrays its positive woman characters as ideal sufferers and nurturers The cause of her suffering springs mainly from poverty and natural calamity The women are from the rural sections of society They are the daughters of the soil and have inherited age-old traditions which they do not question Their courage lies in meek or at times cheerful way sic of facing poverty or calamity Meena Shirdwadkar Image of Woman in the Indo-Anglian Novel New Delhi Sterling 1979 49Rukmani the main character and her daughter Ira display suffering hroughout the novel Rukmani works hard and is devoted to her gentle husband She endures blow after blow from life poverty famine the divorce of her barren daughter the deaths of her sons her daughters prostitution and finally her husbands death When she finds te emotional cener of her life her relationship with her husband threatened by the discovery that he fathered another womans sons she neither strikes out at him nor crumblesDisbelief first disillusionment anger reproach pain To find out after so many years in such a cruel way He had known her not once but twice he had gone back to give her a second son And between how many times I thought bleak of spirit while her husband in his impotence and I in my innocence did nothing At last I made an effort and roused myselfIt is as you say a long time ago I said wearily That she is evil and powerful I know myself Let it restShe accepts the blow and moves on in life In addition when her son Raja is murdered even her thoughts do not express rebellion She moves from numbness to grief thinking For this I have given you birth my son that you should lie at the end at my feet
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