A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini Essay

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The novel, “A Thousand Splendid Suns”, by Khaled Hosseini, shows the cultural aspects of religion in many different ways. The novel starts in the 1960’s, outside of Herat, in Afghanistan, where a young girl named Mariam lives. She is one of the main characters of the story along with a girl named Laila. Mariam and Laila are both a generation apart who have formed a strong bond, which brought them together by war, loss and by fate. When Mariam’s mother commits suicide, her father Jalil took her in, temporarily. Jalil’s three wives wanted nothing to do with her, so they marry Mariam to a man named Rasheed, who is an abusive shoemaker from Kabul. Years later, Laila shows up, she comes from a loving and intelligent family. When Tariq, Laila’s childhood friend and lover, moves away Laila and her dad plan on moving too. A couple days later a bomb hits their house killing Laila’s parents. She then is forced in marrying Rasheed. Laila and Mariam become close as the years go on, both surviving Rasheed’s abusive behavior. Mariam finally kills Rasheed and tells Laila to leave Afghanistan. Laila leaves with her two children and Tariq who has come back as he promised her. Mariam is killed by the Taliban for the killing of Rasheed. In the end Laila and her family return to Afghanistan when everything has cooled down from the war. Throughout the book Hosseini has showed readers about the practice of polygyny in the Islamic culture and not every women is ok with it. The story first begins…

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