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"Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve, and hope without an object cannot live."...

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syk94 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 5, 2009 at 6:35 AM via web

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"Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve, and hope without an object cannot live." What's the thesis statement? And what does it have to do with Ruku? Can you give me specific events where Rukumani shows that it is impossible to succeed without having hope, and when she shows that hope simply drains away when she has hope but no "object" or goal?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 7, 2009 at 6:20 AM (Answer #1)

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"Work Without Hope" is a sonnet written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1825.  The sonnet is reflective of the poet's own life in which he struggled with despair and failure.  The poem talks about how living life without hope, without an object, or a point is not possible, there will be no motivation or desire to struggle to survive.

“WORK WITHOUT HOPE draws nectar in a sieve/And HOPE without an OBJECT cannot live” ends Coleridge’s poem and summarizes the overall point. Drawing nectar, the sugary-sweet juice of poetic fame, through a sieve is impossible, as is performing any work without hope."

Rukmani's life is full of hardship and struggle, loss and disappointment.  She struggles to survive in spite of being pushed to the edge of despair facing the most difficult circumstances that threaten her existence.

She strives to make a decent life for herself and for her family even though at times she does not understand the adversity and change that thrusts itself into her life.


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