A Thousand Splendid Suns Mother's Relationship

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Parents are the most important people in one’s life, they teach those manners, values and culture. Some will be caring and loving; others will be ignorant and careless. The characters Laila and Mariam in A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini have about the same relationship with their parents, both very dearly love and respect their father and are both looking for their mothers’ attention. Laila has a close relationship with her father, who wants nothing but the best education for her because he believes in her potential. Although, Laila also craves some of the love and pride that her mother has for brothers because she almost feels left out of her mother’s love. As Laila is close with her father, so is Mariam with hers. She is always expecting her father’s visits, and loves when he comes over because he calls her, her little flower. He makes her feel beautiful and wanted. Her mother on the other hand, who later kicks her out their home when he finds out she is pregnant but tries to reconcile with her after her mother commits suicides when she is 15 years old. …show more content…
However, although her parents usually disagree with one another, this time they both decided that wouldn’t be the best idea. This night was the night Mariams relationship with her parents would change. Although Nana tells her not to go because she tells her that her father does not care for her, she explains “A man’s heart is a wretched, wretched thing Mariam... I’m the only one who loves you. I’m all you have in this world, Mariam, and when I’m gone you’ll have nothing. You’ll have nothing. You are nothing!” (Hosseini) Nana tells Mariam this because she wants to protect her from her father, not because he’s an abusive man but because Nana wants Mariam to see that Jalil abandoned them and he is ashamed of having her as a daughter but Mariam doesn’t want to believe her. After being stood up, Mariam walks to the town for the first and finds what her Nana told her was false. Nobody laughed at her or called her a harami as Nana said they would. She found where Jalil lived and knocked on the door. A young women opened up, which we’re assuming was one of her sisters and after Mariam says who she is, the young women leaves and a few minutes later Jalil's father goes to the door. He says that Jalil isn’t there and is away on business and doesn’t know when he’ll be back. Mariam doesn’t mind and waits outside, even sleeps outside. The next morning the driver wants to drive her back but she refuses but as she looks up, she catches a glimpse of Jalil and is taken to the car. All the way home she cries out of sadness and anger because her father let her sleep in the street like a stray animal and she realizes there that Nana was right all along that Jalil did not care for her. As they arrive, the driver spots Nana hanging from a tree and tries to have Mariam avoid the scene but it too

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