In the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, the author Khaled Hosseini emphasizes the importance of education in woman. With the importance of education in women comes the endurance of woman. Hosseini displays the endurance of hardships that women face in Afghanistan through his female characters in the novel. In the beginning of the novel, Mariam wants to go to school and be able to learn like other children,“She pictured herself in a classroom with other girls her age. Mariam longed to place a ruler on a page and draw important-looking lines”(Hosseini ).
The title of the novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini was actually taken from a poem called ‘Kabul’, written by Saib-e-Tabrizi, a Persian poet. He used the phrase to represent the beautifulness of Afghanistan and its cultural achievements. Thus, Hosseini uses the phrase as an evocative title and strong contrast to the title to raise up the public awareness about the struggles of Afghan women. Although Hosseini’s novel is a fictional account, it is based on the realities of life in wartime Afghanistan. In additional, Hosseini does a lot of research before he starts writing A Thousand Splendid Sun.
And it’s this: tahamul. Endure” (18 Hosseini). Nana teaches her how to endure the constant abuse of women from society which helps her later in the story when she marries Rasheed. Mariam is also affected intellectually. Early in the story, Mariam has Mullah Fazullah speak with Nana to see if Nana will let her attend school but Nana will not allow it.
Khaled Hosseini has beautifully portrayed the cruel realities of the lives of Afghan women through Mariam and Laila and this is what separates A Thousand Splendid Suns from literary works that deal with Afghan women. The novel aptly portrays the fight of Afghan woman for her rights to education, health, freedom, choice and
A Thousand Splendid Suns is a tale of two women, Mariam and Laila, who came from different backgrounds. But both lived through the harrowing era of war and invasion in Afghanistan. Mariam is a harami, an illegitimate daughter of a famous business owner named Jalil. Her mother used to be Jalil’s servant. Jalil himself already had three wives and nine legitimate children.
In the novel, “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini, the imbalance in Hassan and Amir's relationship is obvious throughout the content. Amir regularly utilized his knowledge as a way to criticize Hassan. Hassan's insight is self-evident, however, his absence of schooling implied that he was ignorant and incapable to gain the delight of perusing, instead, he needed to depend on Amir as the reader. As the writer states that Amir’s malevolence gets to be obvious through his part where he states that his favorite part of reading to Hassan was when he didn’t know the meaning of the big words. “I’d tease him, expose his ignorance.
The novel A Thousand Splendid Suns describes the plight of the Afghan women both under the patriarchal social systems of the Afghan society and the brutal forces of political parties. Hosseini actually gives a message through this novel by showing the power of unity through the main characters, Mariam and Laila. With these two characters he has raised the issue of feminism and gender equity. The novel stresses over the rights of women who are not given access to education and freedom of choice. Male dominance is the major concern that relates this novel to feministic aspect.
Nana explains to Mariam how she gave birth to her all alone, and even had to cut the umbilical cord herself with absolutely no one there for support (11). She knew that by giving birth to Mariam she would have to give up any social status she had, but
The word “Feminism” has been re-discussed many times, and is one of the most prevalent and ubiquitous topics amongst us in the 21st century. Although it is such a simple word that can be blurted out by anyone, it carries such a heavy weight. Unknowingly, we have altered the definition of feminism. Some could say that “Feminism” means females get the upper hand and should rightly be treated better. However, others could say that “Feminism” means men should be the more respected sex.
(dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/feminism). Another meaning, feminism is a range of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminism According to Erica Dien in his Journal published on Thursday, February 28, 2008, Feminism has been misinterpreted by society to represent masculine women who hold no respect for men. Feminism, however, can be defined as: “a concern with action, political or personal, the struggle for equality; valuing the individual, respect for the individual; and having an awareness or consciousness of oppression which may be experienced by women directly or men vicariously through women’s experiences” (Allan, 1993).