Abuse Of Women In A Thousand Splendid Suns

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‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ is a beautifully descriptive book about the hardships women face V [Verb Form Error: This verb tense or form is incorrect.] in Afghanistan before, throughout, and after the Afghan war. The author, Khaled Hosseini, describes the abuse towards women through detailed examples that of what the two main characters in the book experience. This essay will discuss how violence towards women is the main theme of the book, [Keren, when we combine sentences using a coordinating conjunction like “and,” “but,” or “or,” we usually use a comma to separate these two sentences. The previous sentence from your paper is an example of what looks like a compound sentence, but it is not. Before you decide to add a comma and a conjunction, …show more content…
They both met married to an elderly man named Rasheed; who constantly abuses them physically, emotionally, and mentally. When Leila got pregnant Rasheed was convinced it was a boy, he was elated and his mood changed. He even stopped abusing the women. However, when she gave birth to a girl, Rasheed was furious, “Sometimes, I swear, sometimes I want to put that thing in a box and let her float down Kabul River” (Hosseini, page 231). This example of Rasheed’s disappointment is a way in which Hosseini demonstrates how little women meant in society at the time. Another instance of abuse is when Mariam has six miscarriages and Rasheed is furious. One night, Mariam had been cooking and cleaning all day. When she finally served Rasheed rice for dinner, Rasheed was disgusted as he spat out the rice and said it was undercooked. He then proceeded to take pebbles and force Mariam to chew them until two of her molars broke, ”Now you know what your rice tastes like. Now you know what you you’ve given me in this marriage. Bad food, and nothing else” (Hosseini, page 103). In my opinion, this excerpt is one of symbolism. Tooth enamel is a very strong substance, and the fact that Rasheed breaks Mariam’s teeth is a metaphor for how, through abuse, he breaks her spirit as …show more content…
The Taliban enforced strict rules upon women which degraded them and gave them no freedom. Women were not allowed to wear jewellery, paint their nails, make eye-contact with men or laugh in public. “You will not laugh in public. If you do, you will be beaten. You will not paint your nails. If you do, you will lose a finger” (Hosseini, page 271). The Taliban believed that it was God’s will for them to live this way, however, the Quran says that no man should beat his wife nor keep her against her will (Islamicity, 2017). This description of the practices of the Afghan extremist group might produce a negative outlook towards Islam in general if someone did not have prior knowledge. Additionally, the narrative talks about “women who were killing themselves out of fear of being raped, and of men who, in the name of honor, would kill their wives or daughters if they’d been raped by the militia” (Hosseini, page 247). Whilst this excerpt is a prime example of how women were persecuted, it also holds a negative stereotype. The aforementioned excerpt could be misconstrued as a thought that “honour-killings” are permitted in Islam, which they strictly are not (QuestionsaboutIslam, 2017). Moreover, Hosseini doesn’t clearly state his thoughts on Islam, as he provides good and bad scenarios in support of Islam. Therefore, it is hard to understand if he is for or against the

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