A Thousand Splendid Suns Analysis

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From this, Rasheed makes a decision that seals his fate and legacy even after his death. In the novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Rasheed’s life altering decision to kill Laila for showing herself to Tariq led to his death and separation from his only son. Throughout his marriage with Laila and Mariam, Rasheed often displayed acts of violence and abuse. However, he never went as far as considering to kill one of them. When Rasheed pressures Zalmai to tell him where Laila was with the man, he tells Rasheed what he knows. “‘She was… She was downstairs, talking to the man .’ ‘I see,’ said Rasheed. ‘Teamwork’” (Hosseini 344). This quote shows that how Rasheed is slowly getting more angry about how Laila showed herself to another man and how he realizes he is going to have to make a decision about Laila’s punishment. After Zalmai tells Rasheed of Laila’s secret man, Rasheed ponders his next move. “Mariam watched his face relax, loosen. She watched the folds clear from his brows. Suspicion and misgiving winked out of his eyes” (Hosseini 344). This quote shows that Rasheed is slowly taking in everything he has just heard. He is beginning to figure out the what he has to do to punish Laila for her actions against him as husband of the family. As Mariam sits at the table with Rasheed, she notices how it appears he is fighting with himself in his head. “He sat up straight, and, for a few brief moments, he appeared merely thoughtful” (Hosseini 344). This shows Rasheed is now in deep

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