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Practice 1 Based on one novel above, discuss one of the themes in the story.

Provide evidence from the text to support your answer The novel that I choose is The Curse by Lee Su Ann. The story is about the mysterious death of Azreens adopted sister, Madhuri, and how Azreen goes through everything to find out the truth behind the death. The theme that I would like to discuss here is gender stereotyping . In the novel, gender stereotyping is presented through how females should behave. This can be seen especially through Azreen. For example, Azreens school friends start to give suspicious eyes towards her when she behaves unlady-like or tomboyish. She plays hockey with the boys and even laughs like a bunch of hyenas with them. To them, as a woman, Azreen is not expected to be tomboyish and hangs too closely with boys. In conclusion, Azreens unlady-like behaviors have created sense of discomfort among the people around her. This is an example of how gender stereotyping is presented in the novel.