Gender Roles In A Thousand Splendid Suns

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Equality of genders is a basic human right that all should posses. However, in the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini, the reader explores Afghanistan’s true nature of extreme gender inequality towards women and how it affects all the characters within the novel. The novel explores how within a marriage, women have unequal rights, undergo major amounts of physical abuse, and are emotionally and mentally tormented by their very own supposedly beloved husbands. A marriage is defined as a union of two people as partners in a personal relationship. However within the novel this is definitely not the case. Many people share many wives treat them all as objects. Many a times, women are not educated in the slightest manner and are only taught how to do basic chores such as cook and clean. They are seen as prized objects who hold no worth other than to do house chores. In fact,”Men saw it as an insult that their daughters had to leave home, attend school, and work alongside men”(Hosseini 136). With the insult the men of Afghanistan face being a simple education for their very own daughters, it is quite clear that women are degraded within society and treated as lesser human beings. The thought of denying one a right as simple as an education is what is really holding the society of Afghanistan back and blatantly exposes women's unequal rights. With these rights being…show more content…
Even within the book itself it's apparent that many females collectively realize what is happening to them is wrong, but that they have no option other than just being a spectator in this grand scheme of horror. Many women in Afghanistan still face these horrid conditions everyday, with no chance of it ever stopping, They all sense that there should be changed but they are ultimately powerless in the face of this social
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