A Thousand Splendid Suns War Analysis

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“...every Afghan story is marked by death and loss and unimaginable grief” (395). Afghanistan is overwhelmed with casualties and agony due to the event of war. In the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, Author, Khaled Hosseini explains the life of two women, Mariam and Laila, who live in Afghanistan. Mariam and Laila experience unfortunate events due to the war; certainly, it affects them greatly. Thus, the theme of the effects of war develops throughout the novel by showing war has the ability to impact individuals, families, and society.

Warfare has the capability to change many individual’s lives drastically. One particular character who is greatly affected is Mammy. Continuous days after Mammy hears the news about her two sons’ deaths, Hosseini mentions, “Mammy lay in bed most days. She wore black. She picked at her hair and gnawed at the mole below her lip” (141). War connects to loss, and loss can impact many aspects of health. For instance, Mammy’s mental health took a downfall due to her loss. It seems as if Mammy is depressed; depression
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Hosseini convinces the readers that war creates many extreme side effects on the people and the families in Afghanistan. This portrays that war does not only affect the country as a whole, but that war has the capability to drastically change many aspects of one’s life. As seen in the novel, Mammy, Laila herself, Laila’s family, and Tariq’s family experience an immense amount of trouble. It seems as if during this time in Afghanistan, all one heard about was the tragedy of the war and how it impacts individuals. But what’s the point of all war? Is it worth all the tears, loss, agony and grief? Consistent with popular belief, nearly all people go through heartache and hard times, but it cannot compare to the suffering individuals go through due to
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