how to understand the sentence?

Reply Mon 27 Sep, 2010 07:35 am
"She was accepted not because of but in spite of her birth". I don't really know what this sentence means. Would anybody paraphrase it more explicitly?
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Reply Mon 27 Sep, 2010 07:39 am
She was not accepted because of her birth. (This could mean where she was born, or what ethnic group she was born into, or what social or economic class into which she was born--we don't know without more context.)

She was accepted in spite of her birth. (Which means that there was something about her birth which could prejudice someone against her, but that she was accepted anyway.)

You don't provide enough context for a more comprehensive reply, because we can't know what it is about her birth which the author considers significant.
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Reply Mon 27 Sep, 2010 06:54 pm
thank you! There is not a helpful context for this sentence. It only stands by itself. Anyway, thank you again!
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