Violence In Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns

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A major theme in Hosseini's book, A Thousand Splendid Suns is sexism, violence, and the ideology that men have complete control over their wives or people in general. It can not only alter a person directly but it can also change other characters in the book that are close to them and can make them suffer with things not even associated with violence in their story. Violence and sexism can deteriorate a character's intimate and distant acts and can emphasize their status as a character which can be symbolic in the way the characters personality changes because of the violence afflicted to them. Foster has a whole chapter dedicated to violence which means it probably has a big impact in stories. In chapter 11, ...More than it’s gonna hurt you: Concerning Violence, Foster states that violence can cause characters to visit on one another or on themselves, and can cause characters harm in general. “Violence is one of the most personal and even intimate acts between human beings, but it can also be cultural and societal in its implications” (Foster 95). It can cause action, plot issues, can put other characters under stress and authors do that purposely not accidentally. When characters are beat up, sometimes literally and put down for no specific reason, it makes them feel oppressed and their self- determination is just stripped away utterly (Foster 101). In Hosseini’s book, A Thousand Splendid…show more content…
The fact that violence and sexism leads them to believe that they can not stand up for themselves, the struggle for identity continues. Foster and Hosseini establish this fact with the characters and examples shown in their books. The women portrayed in these books are made to believe that they are worthless and inept. In the end, all of this horrible torture will change the women’s personality and everyone else around
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