In the story “Saving Sourdi” by May-Lee Chai I chose to write about the character Sourdi. Sourdi was the main objective of the story. She was Nea’s (the main character) older sister. Sourdi seems to have a round character. She blossoms from a teen into a young mature married woman. She begins a new life with her husband forming their own family. I can relate to Sourdi in the story because I am the oldest of four siblings. I have a five and six year age gap from my two younger sisters. My younger sisters were very overprotective of me when I was growing up. They would always team up and try to stand up for me. They did not realize that I was capable and mature enough to defend myself if I needed to in any situation. The story Saving Sourdi took place in the United States after their family had moved there while the girls were at a very young age.
Sourdi’s family operated a bar in South Dakota, where the story opens with a recollection of Nea’s first saving of her sister, Sourdi. The setting of the bar plays a key role in developing the protective characteristics of Nea; the bar causes situations to arise where she feels that it is necessary to save Sourdi from the situation.
Despite Sourdi being older than her sister, Nea still tries to save Sourdi from angry and/or drunk customers at the bar. Towards the end, the setting changes as Sourdi moves away to start her own life with her husband, Mr. Chhay, leaving Nea behind with her mother at home.
Nea is upset that they have to be separated and is skeptical about Mr. Chhay, which helps even more with building the character of Nea. The theme of companionship ties in greatly wi