Essay on A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini

1318 Words Feb 24th, 2016 6 Pages
When asked why women need to be confined at home, Syed Ghayasuddin, a Taliban Minister of Education stated, "It 's like having a flower, or a rose. You water it and keep it at home for yourself, to look at it and smell it. It [a woman] is not supposed to be taken out of the house to be smelled." With this quote, one get’s a glimpse of what the mind of a male who lives within the sexist roles taken upon people in Afghanistan before and during the reign of the Taliban is like. When looking at a work involving the double standards put on women, the feminist perspective uses the conflict approach to examine the reinforcement of gender roles and inequalities, highlighting the role of patriarchy in maintaining the oppression of women. A Thousand Splendid Suns, a powerful novel by Khaled Hosseini, illustrates the struggles of women in Afghanistan through the intertwining lives of oppressed Afghan women Mariam and Laila.
Using the character Mariam, Hosseini expresses the oppression received by women when they are pushed into an arranged marriage. When Mariam is the mere age of 15 she is forced into marriage with a man who is years older than her. Mariam does not have a choice in the matter and when told that Rasheed (her suitor) is “forty. Forty-five at most” It is stated in a nonchalant manner and as if 30 years is not a substantial age gap (Hosseini 46). In the Afghan culture, 30 years are not considered to be a substantial age gap if the male is the older of the relationship.…

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