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mfara143 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 10, 2013 at 2:28 AM via web

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I have an essay with a topic about a book read in class called sold by Patricia McCormick. The topic of the essay is "We don't always have a choice about the situation, we do have a choice about how we view it or judge it." I am having trouble writing a thesis on this topic. My initial idea was, The choices we make can guide us to the path of success or the road to failure. I'm not sure if this makes sense.

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theyellowbookworm | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 21, 2013 at 8:18 PM (Answer #1)

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Patricia McCormick's novel Soldis an excellent work for your essay topic. It is important to consider that Lakshmi has little choice as to her situation. Instead, she is forced into the vulnerable position of being sold into sexual slavery. Your initial thesis seems to suggest that one's choices can result in success or failure. However, Lakshmi does is not presented with an opportunity to make many choices in the text. Perhaps, it might be fruitful to consider McCormick's intention for helping readers view Lakshmi's vulnerable situation. McCormick attempts to solicit compassion from her audience. She illustrates that, often, women of sexual abuse are forced into frightful situation and left without much option. Therefore, the audiences do have the choice as to how they view or judge Lakshmi's situation. It is also important to note that while McCormick's work is fictitious, the author spent much time researching and speaking with real victims of sexual abuse. Thus, many of the elements of her work are based on fact. 

Therefore, you might consider altering your thesis to address how the audience is meant to view or judge Lakshmi's condition. Certainly, the tone of the piece elicits a compassioned response from audiences. Additionally, you might consider McCormick's use of poetry and short vignettes to tell Laksmi's story. 

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