Sasha is the first character that the reader is introduced to when beginning the novel. From the very start, it is made clear that her stealing problem plays a big part in her life. Not only does having a discussion with a therapist, Coz, about it show readers this, but the extent of the conversation they have together shows emphasis on the matter being significant. The novel states, “…her condition (as Coz referred to it) had begun to accelerate: five sets of keys, fourteen pairs of sunglasses, a child’s striped scarf, binoculars, a cheese grater, a pocketknife, twenty-eight bars of soap, and eighty-five pens, ranging from cheap ballpoints she’d used to sign debit-card slips to the aubergine Visconti that cost two hundred sixty dollars online, which she’d lifted from her former boss’s lawyer during a contracts meeting” (Egan 4). Listing the...
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...contrasting when she was young and naïve to her now grown up self.
Overall, the Sasha seen at the beginning of the novel is a completely different person than the Sasha that is seen at the end of the novel. Her overwhelming character development throughout the story shows how substantial her change was, which is why she is the character that changed most out of everyone. She is able to break past the barriers of an incredibly long-term stealing problem, while also getting her way at an education and eventually taking on her new role as a mother. While these changes may have had people helping her along the way, ultimately she is the one that had to make the big steps to accept her issues and later fix them. Sasha proves to readers that her past does not define her and that it took time, but she is a very noticeably different person than when she was first introduced.
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