Patriarchy In A Thousand Splendid Suns

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini demonstrates the importance of women in a society as well as the problems with patriarchy. The importance of women is demonstrated through the use of structural and tropological design. Structural elements such as the italicized words of Hakim praising the communists for their gender equality, the plot divisions as well as the introduction of Laila after a grim scene of abuse, and the foreshadowing done by Laila’s friend Hasina showed the necessity of women in society. This was also shown through the use of the simile ‘the rock in the riverbed’ and the metaphor ‘a thousand splendid suns’ to refer to Mariam’s strong qualities of bravery, endurance, compassion and sacrifice; qualities that are needed
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