A Thousand Splendid Suns, Mariam And Laila Essay

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Afghanistan is a leading country for male dominance and injustice on behalf of females due to cultural beliefs, actions taken place against women in the Afghan society are pronounced acceptable by law. Laila, being the strong female character and Mariam, the leading character, both endure the same repercussion of the Taliban’s rules. The Taliban greatly limit females boundaries and women are not able to express themselves in any manner. In the novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Mariam and Laila are forced to endure the many damaging effects of a patriarchal society run by the Taliban forcing the women of Afghanistan to abide their strict laws and receiving harsh consequences if their rules are not followed. In the novel, Laila and Mariam appear as possessions of their husband, Rasheed in which has the ability to control their actions leaving the women with the feeling of being resigned to live their life without fear of constant abuse for their wrong-doings. Rasheed’s uncontrolled anger sets abuse upon Mariam when a situation does not go according to his plans. Mariam has the feeling of being constantly constrained within her household and must be always accompanied by Rasheed when leaving the house. She is required to wear a burqa in public because the Taliban believe that married women should only show their faces to their husbands. As Mariam goes out into town with Rasheed for ice cream, she described, “…modern Afghan women married to modern Afghan men who did not mind…

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