Analysis Of ' A Thousand Splendid Suns ' Essay

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Family is an integral theme of the novel “A Thousand Splendid Suns”, and this concept plays a huge role in the lives of both main characters, Mariam and Laila. Throughout the book, the differences in parenting and the characters themselves are clearly apparent, and it is shown how this affects them. Mariam and Laila’s relationships with their family differ greatly from each other yet both of those relationships influence and prepare these women as they reach adulthood. Mariam lives a sorrow life, with loss, and this same idea follows in her family life as well. Since her childhood, Mariam is belittled by her mother. She is raised to believe she is a harami, a demeaning name for a fatherless child. Mariam’s mother also warns her about her father Jalil, and speaks lowly of him. Mariam’s mother at one point even says to Mariam, “Learn this now and learn it well, my daughter: Like a compass needle that points north a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman” (Hosseini 7). Furthermore, despite Mariam’s hopes and dreams, her mother hinders her from achieving any success. This particular hindrance is displayed when Mariam attempts to request to go to school, and her mother promptly responds that school is worthless because only one skill is to be learned by women. As Mariam’s mother points out, “Only one skill. And it’s this: tahamul. Endure” (Hosseini 17). This single quote embodies the idea that Mariam is raised to believe is true about women. Based on her childhood, Mariam is…

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