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Independence is one topic that is very important in Jasmine The main character Jyoti has to always deal with independence all her life From the time she is in India to the time she is in the United States she has never strived for independence it always seems to come to herAs a young girl in Hasnapur India Jyoti was born into a poor Hindi family that lost everything during the partition and as a result has been left with a mud hut and farmland in the Punjabi countryside of Northern India Jyoti is raised in a poor home where she is taught to cook clean and look up to the males in her society As a young girl Jyotiis not influenced to be independent Like every girl in the village she is expected to receive a little bit of education and then go back to her home and Fortunately a teacher named Masterji saw talent in Jyoti and begged her father to let her continue with her education When Jasmine agrees to continue her education and says she wants to be a doctor and open her own clinic her father was in complete shock as well as her grandma Her fathers instant reaction was The girl is mad The girl is When she is asked about continuing her education it is the first time in her life where she is given any type of independence Continuing her education would mean that she wouldnt have to be dependent on any mans well being Although it is good that she will have a future and will continue to be educated Jyoti is still mentally attached to the sexist ways of her culture She still marries and falls in love with men by looking up at them and honoring their ways Jyoti had no honor for herself and what she could do independently It was all about the males in her life and their greatness because in
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