Patricia McCormick’s Sold tells the story of Lakshmi, and strong and bold young Nepalese girl who was sold from her mountain home to a brothel owner in India. The novel has several themes, among which are maturity, power, innocence, and perseverance. Lakshmi, the main character in Sold, begins her life-changing adventure as a mature young girl, eager to help her family. She soon faces the truth about life, horror, and her own self- identity. In Sold, Patricia McCormick reveals the ugliness of sex trafficking, and examines its relationship to the pain of growing up.
Lakshmi has almost a split personality in the novel. In Nepal Lakshmi is curious about the world, but relatively content with her life; here her indomitable spirit and her inner strength become visible in her thoughts about her future and family. She even defies her stepfather, who ultimately has power over her. This is stated in the novel after she has been traded away: “On any other day, he would not tolerate such defiance, especially from a mere girl. But today I am no mere girl” (McCormick, 2008, p. 30). But in the brothel in India...
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In the end each main character is much alike, they all are still young adolescents butt dealing with different situations. The needs and characteristics of Young Adolescents show how alike the main characters are. Each character dealt with: maturing at varying rates of speed, highly curious about life in general, searching for identity and acceptance from peers, experiment with new identities, and ask large and ambiguous questions about the meaning of life. Each character deals with the experience of life, some very realistic and horrible to something small like dealing with middle school. However, each character is a young docent that deals with their emotions like any other young adult. I like the variety of themes, and how the characters deal with the experience of their life. I enjoy each book and highly recommend these three books to read.
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