A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini Essay example

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In 2015 28 individuals were executed by lethal injection on death row in the United States. They one thing they shared in common is that they were all convicted of murder. The death penalty is a very controversial issue in the United States, with some states staunchly in favour of it and other states even placing a moratorium on all executions. Proponents of the death penalty argue that it is essential for a government to advocate equivocal morality, and that the death penalty is a fitting punishment for murder. Death penalty abolitionists claim that the death penalty bears the risk of executing innocent individuals, and that it cheapens human life. All of these arguments are relevant for the character Mariam in the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns who is executed when she finally kills her abusive husband Rasheed. The execution of Mariam is however unjustifiable in the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini because she killed her husband Rasheed in self defense, did so to save the life of her friend Laila, did not take into account the fact that Mariam would have continued to suffer abuse had Rasheed lived, and did so because it was the only way to escape a horrifically abusive relationship. Executing Mariam for the murder of Rasheed was unjustifiable because it did not take into account the fact Mariam would have continued to suffer abuse at the hands of her husband had Rasheed still been alive. There are many examples throughout A Thousand of Splendid Suns of…

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