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In Sister of My Heart, how are Anju's problems related to economic injustice?

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Anju and Sudha, in spite of the bonds that cause them to be, in everything but blood, sisters, are very different. Anju is born into a higher caste than Sudha, and her life in the United States is one that in theory is supposed to give her unlimited opportunity. However, economic injustice can be attached to her character through the way in which Anju's dreams of a new start in America with her husband quickly turn sour thanks to the reality of American life and the problems she has with her husband. Anju's problems are summarised in the following quote:

That's how it is sometimes when we plunge into the depths of our lives. No one can accompany us, not even those who would give up their hearts for our happiness.

The intense misery and sadness that Anju experiences is expressed in this quote. Anju's experience of economic injustice is deepened by the pressure she places herself under to both work and to study full time. The extent to which this is shown to be too demanding is demonstrated by the loss of her baby boy because of the long hours she works. Anju has tried to live her American Dream and has suffered a terrible loss as a result. Economic injustice in this book is therefore explored through the character of Anju through a focus on her new life in America, and the hardships and suffering it brings to her.

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