Nectar in a Sieve QW 4: Nature

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Date QW Written: December 4, 2014

Prompt: (TBA)


In Nectar in Sieve, Rukmani described nature as “a wild animal that you have trained to work for you” that will aid those who farm the land with its fertility (Markandaya 43). For example, right after Rukmani was married and she began to tend to her own small garden, she witnesses the beauty of the fertility in nature through the “tender seedlings that unfurled” under her hands. At the same time, Rukmani knows nature can be as viscious as an animal. In this case, Rukmani refers to the unrelenting rains of the monsoons and long droughts that send her and her family into periods of starvation. 

Nature and its effect on the land is the livelihood of both Rukmani and Nathan, despite its fickleness. Rukmani and Nathan love the land out of necessity. Both Rukmani and Nathan know that although their land and the destruction of nature is often the cause of their hardship, they also know their only choice of resiliency is to continue depending on the land because that is all they have. For example, Rukmani once stated, “Still, while there was land, there was hope” (Markandaya 136). The continuous hope Rukmani and Nathan place in the fertility of their land in the face of hardship is a true testament to their admirable human spirit. While nature may be a wild animal full of risk but capability, Rukmani and Nathan learned how to love and tame it after all. 

Score: 18


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