Yelena is sentenced to hang by the noose for killing--it doesn't matter WHY she did it. Is it a miracle she is offered the job of food taster for the Commander instead, or just a slower, more painful death in the end? Yelena's character is the extreme example of scraping yourself off the floor, making the best of your crappy situation, and finding a way to trust, love, and live again.
Do you like Yelena? Tell me some of your favorite Y characters.