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How does literature explore the struggles that individuals face in their search...

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dwight | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 6, 2007 at 11:33 PM via web

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How does literature explore the struggles that individuals face in their search for identity and their place in society?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 25, 2007 at 3:31 PM (Answer #1)

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Literature puts a human face on theoretical issues. 

In Nectar in a Sieve we see and experience through the eyes and lives of Nathan and Ruku the devastating effects of industrialization in postcolonial society.  By witnessing the struggles of these two simple people who have always identified with and depended upon the land to sustain them, we can better understand the true consequences for real people when a changing society takes that over that land and leaves them without a place or a way to make their living.

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