Fariba, Laila, and Marriam were three Muslim women that Hosseini used to compare and contrast their qualities and ways of life. Unlike Laila and Marriam, Fariba’s husband did not control or abuse her, in fact, she showed more authority over him than what the typical Muslim wife would. She was unafraid to fight with her husband Babi, and she did not receive any consequences or beatings for lashing out against him. For example, as Fariba would yell at Babi, he would not obediently and quietly wait for her to stop raging (Page 108.) Furthermore, she did not become forced or stuck in a marriage she did not want.
Mariam is seen supporting Laila, Aziza, and Zalmai throughout the novel. One night when Mariam was constantly awaken by the scorching heat she went downstairs to drink a glass of water and she noticed Aziza lying awake beside Laila on the floor. Mariam immediately noticed that the little girl was “dressed like a damn boy” (243). A few days later Laila “found a stack of baby clothes, neatly folded, outside her bedroom door” (247). Laila knew that Mariam had generously given these clothes to her for the reason that Mariam knew that Rasheed was not going to buy any for her, and since Aziza was the first person to love Mariam “so undeservedly” (252) Mariam felt a connection between both of them.
The protagonist Mariam is a poor villager who lives in a remote area in Afghanistan, in contrast to Laila who is a smart, educated daughter of a schoolteacher. Khaled Hosseini has an interesting way of portraying the two female protagonists. He discloses the tyranny and hostility that the Taliban enforce on women just because of their sex. A critic viewed the novel as ‘a powerful portrait of female suffering’ making the reader explicitly aware of the harsh environment Mariam and Laila had to tolerate. One review expressed that ‘Hosseini defends the rights of women to decide what to be in life’ , this could show that Hosseini directed the novel to be in favour of feminist views.
The author expertly describes events Laila and Mariam encountered within their everyday lives that has either affected them or helped them progress and deal with the modern rules for women rooted within Afghanistan. The novel starts by introducing Mariam, in the beginning, she’s a self-conscious young lady with a mother who is despicable and suffers from depression.Her father has entirely different family and shuns her when she tries to be indulged in his life. Mariam is the banished child, due to Nana and Jalil having intercourse while unmarried, resulting in Mariam being illegitimate. At a young age, she was forced to marry a severely abusive man named
In the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini, showcases the struggles women face on their journey for fulfillment and satisfaction in difficult circumstances such as war, abuse, and loss. Mariam and Laila both find fulfillment and self satisfaction in their life through resilience and inner strength. The ability of women to establish their identity and roles in society is based on their drive to love others, seek purpose through hardships, defeat a common enemy, and conquer their inner demons. Women are able to establish their identity and roles in society through loving others and feeling loved. Laila and Mariam find their identity through loving others and feeling love back through horrid situations.
Even though Rasheed was against women’s freedoms and did not mind the Taliban, he still never joined in with them or become a terrorist. By the comparison of these three men, a broader view of Muslim men’s beliefs and lifestyles is created, which supports the fact that not everyone in the Muslim culture is the same. Fariba, Laila, and Marriam were three Muslim women that Hosseini also used to compare and contrast their qualities and ways of life. Unlike Laila and Marriam, Fariba’s husband did not control or abuse her, in fact, she showed more authority over him than what the stereotypical Muslim wife would. She was unafraid to fight with her husband Babi, and she did not receive any consequences or beatings for lashing out against him.
Although women from all races and countries had to face gender inequality however, women from the Islamic countries have to face the brunt of gender discrimination at most. Khalid Hosseni in his novel, ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ depicts the plight of the Afghani women. The novel shows that despite being repressed by the conservative rule of the Talibans and the misogynistic thinking of men, the female characters emerge as strong Afghani women fighting for their rights, children and lives. The novel follows the story of two girls, Maryam and Laila. Maryam is the “Harami” child of a rich businessman Jalil and his former housekeeper Nana.
They practice their Muslim faith while enjoying all the freedom America has to offer. Freedom is really just a state of mind; which one of the girls is using freedom to its greatest potential? Family dynamics play a huge part in Bangladeshi culture. Taslima, the spiky haired Americanized girl wants none of her family’s rules and ideals while members of Nadira’s family are able to incorporate a bit of both cultures into their lives. Throughout all the stories Nadira is told, the men and women all have specific roles.
Her father forces her to marry Rasheed, a man almost double her age. Similarly, Laila goes through grief after her parents’ death,
In Kabul Laila rebuilds her life with her family and becomes a school teacher in the same orphanage where her daughter once lived. Laila becomes pregnant again and in honor of Miriam she decides that it the baby is girl she will give her the name of