Feminism in a Thousand Splendid Suns Essay

635 Words Dec 16th, 2012 3 Pages
To persevere is to maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement and continue consistently. Throughout the novel, it is present how much women struggle. Both Mariam and Laila have endured so much heartache partially because they are women, but yet have managed to have pulled together the strength to persevere. Mariam, from the moment she was conceived, endured hardships because of the fact that her Mother was not married to her Father, thus making her a harami (bastard). Nana (Mariam’s mother) gives her lessons on life from her own experience. “There is only one, only one skill a woman like you and me needs in life, and they don’t teach it in school . . . Only one skill. And it’s this: tahamul. Endure . . . It’s …show more content…
To accurately describe how Mariam felt and was treated as a woman Housseini wrote, "And as her heart pounded, her mind wondered what excuse he would use that night to pounce on her. There was always something, some minor thing that would infuriate him, because no matter what she did to please him, no matter how thoroughly she submitted to his wants and demands, it wasn't enough" (Hossieni 99). Another time within the novel depicting the plights of women is in Part 2 of the book, talking about Laila. Despite the Taliban's strict rules, Laila left the house almost every day (without Rasheed) and suffered many beatings and whippings by the Taliban in order to see her daughter. The beatings could not stop Laila because she persevered and was determined to see her child even if it meant enduring countless, brutal beatings. "Laila never would have believed that a human body could withstand this much beating, this viciously, this regularly, and keep functioning" (Housseini). Laila's ability to withstand the beatings shows how she was able to persevere and that is why she was able to last so long in her marriage and in Afghanistan. Until Laila became a part of the family and the two became friends, Mariam endured Rasheed's abuse because it was the only option she had. Even though Mariam and Laila are years apart by age, and come from two different life styles, they are both forced to marry Rasheed. Mariam and Laila eventually learn to

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