I remember how it was painful to hear that some people lost someone close because of a bomb. In Khaled Hosseini’s novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, the narrator shows how Mariam and Laila endure living with their violent husband, Rasheed. They get used to the struggles and hardships that they go through. Mariam struggles in her life after her mother’s suicide that causes a big turning point in her life. Her father forces her to marry Rasheed, a man almost double her age.
She is abused by her mother mentally and physically but shows no hate towards her mother even after all the things she does to her. Mariam keeps the little love she has for her mother despite the
Rasheed treated Mariam as property instead of an actual spouse. Mariam had no voice of her own, Rasheed controlled every aspect of her life, from what she wore to where she went. Mariam could not carry out a pregnancy causing Rasheed to build anger against Mariam, this led Rasheed to lash out and abuse her. Mariam dealt with endless beatings from Rasheed, over the simplest mistakes, because she was too afraid to stand up for herself or leave Rasheed. “It wasn’t easy tolerating him talking this way to her, to bear his scorn, his ridicule, his insults, his walking past her like she was nothing but a house cat.
Even though she physically displaying signs of refusal, she is doesn’t take any action to stop her rape. No protesting remarks are spoken, and no physical action are taken. Mariam simply allows her rape to happens, feeling powerless against Rasheed. On the other hand, while many women may have felt completely emotionally devastated by this event, she continues to live her life. Even as she has to live with this traumatic event and many more to follow for the rest of her life, Mariam does not let that destroy her spirit and will to live past the pain and
It takes a lot of courage to participate in something knowing that things might get complicated, and that 's just what happened, Miriam must have been scared out of her mind when the group, and herself were pushed to a corner. Although the group unified, and began to hold hands, and sing to provide a feeling of confidence, and power within themselves, Miriam was always exposed to a very dangerous situation that she could have avoided if she had decided to not take action and not support what she believed to be
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.
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
What is courage? Courage is having fears or worries, yet still doing what needs or should be done. One example of courage would be a person that is fighting cancer. This person is probably scared that they might die, yet they still fight to regain their health and to become better. So a person fighting cancer though scared and unsure is courageous.
She wants to be a wise young lady, which the author doesn’t come right out and say it, but he implies that those are her goals. Once again if you read the whole book, you learn that Mary actually achieves her goal and turns out to be a wonderful person who figures out what life is through traveling. Another example would be aquote such as “ Sometimes you walk into a room one person, and when you come out the other side, you’re someone else altogether.” I believe this uncovers or foreshadows that she will change throughout the
Rasheed blames Mariam many times such as her inability to become pregnant and for her bad cooking. It’s not her fault that she can’t have a baby and she tries to make good food for her husband but it could an excuse to hit or abuse her. When Rasheed is angry about this, he takes his anger on Mariam by beating her or such as forcing her to try to chew on rocks. “Now you know what your rice tastes like. Now you know what you 've given me in this marriage.