Jalil and Nana, her parents. However, she comes to realize that she may have been wrong to eliminate him from her life. She also at first resents the arrival of Laila in their lives, but soon comes to forge a strong bond with her and eventually saves her life. She is a character who becomes a role model for the reader because of her devotion to the people whom she comes to love.
A Thousand Splendid Sun is a recount of political turmoil and destructive toll it takes on the innocent civilian as well as a close observation of limited role of women in Afghan society. A lot of details in the books are captured by the author during his visit in Afghanistan back inas well as the experiences discreetly shared by the burqa-clad women to him.
This information which he acquired and heard are then used to portray domestic situation in Afghan home through the main pillars of the novel, Mariam and Laila.
Not until the invasion of US army which result in the overthrow of Taliban in thesaw these restrictions lifted again for a tiny bit if not much. The objective of this essay is to discuss all aspects of oppression found in the text using feminist approach.
Year in Afghanistan saw Taliban came in power and took over the Afghan capital, Kabul, in The takeover caused over 20 years of civil war and political instability. At the beginning, a lot of people actually hoped that the Taliban would provide stability to the country.
However, it soon imposes a strict and oppressive order based on its misinterpretation of 2 Islamic law. The quotation above illuminates on how Afghanistan women as a whole and the female character Laila and Mariam experience oppression both socially and politically.
According to the fundamentalist Islamic law in which they have been incorrectly interpreted, one must obey the strict Islamic laws which are applied by Mujahideen. If one is found breaking the rules, the strict punishment will be imposed on them.
In feminist terms, Afghan society is markedly gendered, in that it makes stark distinctions between the roles of women and men, and is patriarchal and paternalistic. The act of covering aurat or the area of uncovered skin which is allowed is pivotal to keep their family honor intact as well as to protect virginity to ensure their bloodlines are legitimately ensured.
The society does not only dictates what they should be wearing but also to whom are they associating with.
Women in vast numbers in Afghanistan are basically confined to their home, and the interaction without mahram company is not allowed. This is correctly representing part of the social-deprivation, women of Afghan had to live with. In Afghanistan, women behind the burqa are the symbolic importance of the integrity of a family and the tribe, so much so that women who are 1 Hosseini 2 "The Oppressed Women Of Afghanistan: Fact, Fiction, Or Distortion".
Under the extreme ruling of Taliban women who gets out without permission of her mahram or husband or without the company of either, is to be beaten senselessly. This is evident in a scene where Laila tries to visit her child in the orphanage she is caught by the patrol soldier and is beaten so many times in her attempts to visit Aziza.
In another situation, this also happens when Mariam and Laila tries to escape abusive home of Rasheed, and they fail to go far long before the soldiers catch them and return them back to Rasheed. As a result of their courageous attempt they are caught, left in the barn outside their home in to starve.
In a patriarchal society, especially one with conservative values like Afghanistan, it is common to think women as a machine to produce offspring, and to do house chores. Rasheed starts to give Mariam silent treatment and occasional beating because he is angered that Mariam is not able to give him a son.
It does not help when she belongs to hierarchal birthright of the lower class, to top it off with her inability to conceive makes hatred and disgust Rasheed has towards her grow worse.
On the contrary, Laila is raised in such manner that she refuses to settle for anything less, as her father has taught her. She has always come first place in her class, and her father has always believed that she can 4 achieved so much more in life, that, she can be just as good if not better than boys.Although A Thousand Splendid Suns spends time outside of Kabul, the novel is a big love letter to the birthplace of author Khaled Hosseini.
After all, the title of the novel is taken from a poem de.
Khaled Hosseini’s second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, like his first, The Kite Runner (made into a film, directed by Marc Forster), is set against the background of Afghanistan’s recent.
Character List and Analysis Mariam Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List Mariam, one of two female protagonists, is a quiet, thoughtful child at the start of the book.
Jan 06, · I have begun reading “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini now for my English summative and right off the bat I could tell that this is a novel that can be examined with a feminist lens.
First seeing that the main character of the novel was not only a young girl (Mariam. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a phenomenal work, and I highly encourage teenagers and adults to read it for its important values and factual information.
However, since several scenes in the book display graphic images and vulgar terminology, I would not recommend the book for young teens. Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.