Essay on A Thousand Splendid Suns And Tess Of The D ' Urbervilles

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In the openings of the novels ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ and ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, Hosseini and Hardy portray their female characters as victims of circumstance, making them sympathetic characters. While the openings of the two novels are set in different times and in different places, with ‘A Thousand…’ being set in the 1950s in Herat, Afghanistan and ‘Tess of…’ being set in rural England during the late 19th century, Mariam and Tess have similar predicaments. They are both women living in poverty under an oppressive patriarchal society and both have difficult lives due to society and the people around them - Mariam is a ‘harami’ who is unwanted by her father and treated harshly by her mother, while Tess has to look after her family due to her parents’ incompetence. The two authors both focus on the idea of how the female characters have been let down by their families and society, and are forced to endure.
The idea of society and their families letting down the main characters is evident in both Hosseini and Hardy’s description of their predicaments. In ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ , Mariam is shown as being at a low place in society and as being forced into isolation by her own father. One of the places in which Hardy does this is when Jalil explains to her how grey clouds get their colour – “That’s what you see, Mariam jo, he had said, the dark in their underbelly.” Mariam is low down in society as both a woman and an illegitimate child, so she only sees the…

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