Fasting, Feasting


Anita Desai

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Lakshmi Character Analysis

Lakshmi is the rebellious daughter of Ayah. After Ayah works to find a good marriage for her daughter, Lakshmi decides she would rather be independent, so she escapes the marriage and goes to look for work as a servant. Ayah, feeling she worked hard for Lakshmi to have a better life, beats her daughter, much to Uma's disapproval.
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Lakshmi Character Timeline in Fasting, Feasting

The timeline below shows where the character Lakshmi appears in Fasting, Feasting. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
Gender and Social Roles Theme Icon
Family Life and Individual Freedom Theme Icon
Plenty/"Feasting" vs. Want/"Fasting" Theme Icon
Tradition/India vs. Modernity/West Theme Icon
Loneliness and Togetherness Theme Icon
...and insists on brushing Uma’s hair. Ayah is complaining to Uma about her rebellious daughter Lakshmi, whom Ayah beat after the girl ran away from her arranged marriage. Ayah says that... (full context)