Nectar in a Sieve Essay

             Nectar in a Sieve is a novel that takes you on an adventure through the rapidly changing country of India. Throughout this novel, you meet a series of characters that all relate to each other in some way, yet are vastly different to one another. Although all of the characters had distinctive backgrounds and appealing personalities, I found Irwaddy to be the most interesting individual in this book. Her captivating beauty and her secretive personality surrounded me and enthralled me to keep on reading more in the novel to discover what would eventually happen to this character. First impressions about Irwaddy, challenges that she faced, her concluding fate, and other factors brought me to the conclusion that she was the most interesting character to read about.
             In the novel, Nectar in a Sieve, Irwaddy left me with a strong first impression about herself. We are first introduced to Irwaddy when her mother, Ruku, gave birth to her and she became the first of many children. Irwaddy gave me the impression of a beautiful infant that was delicate and gentle. She was never a trouble in her family when she was in her youth and charmed the many who came to visit her. I believed, from the few sections introducing this youngster, that Irwaddy was going to grow up to become successful, happily married, and to live a life that many in India have only dreamt about. When she became a child wife at the age of fourteen, I believed that she had met the person who will make her blissfully happy for the rest of her life. She seemed enthusiastic at her wedding to move on with her life and to someday have children of her own. In a way, the first impression I got of Irwaddy, up until her wedding day, opened me up to think about my life and if I will be as fortunate as she was.
             Throughout the novel, Nectar in a Sieve, the character Irwaddy experiences several challenges and dilemmas to which shape her future and her personality. At the age ...

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