The theme of belonging can be seen in Weisberger's work. On one level, Miranda creates a realm where there are definite practices of inclusion and exclusion, contributing to the latter's sense of wanting to belong. Miranda's presence, demeanor, style, and sense of self helps to instill a desire for belonging in Andrea. The abuses that she endures has to have some end in mind, and one can presume that wanting to belong to the world in which Andrea finds herself. Andrea cannot break free, even sacrificing personal relationships to wanting to belong to Miranda's world. When confronted with the reality that she might become the Miranda for the next generation, Andrea has realized she has reached her goal of belonging, and repudiates it, recognizing its emotionally shallow and inauthentic nature.