Gender And Physical Abuse : A Thousand Suns Essay

1099 Words May 12th, 2016 5 Pages
According to Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) about 293,000 people are raped in America each year and 98% of rapists will never spend a day in jail (RAINN). This was very surprising to me. The reason that 98% of rapists will never go to jail is because society will blame the woman for something that was not her fault. Laila and Mariam, two Afghan women who are the main characters in Hosseini’s A Thousand Suns, are victims are both sexual and physical abuse. They are brought together by traumatic events in their lives. They bond over their hatred for Rasheed, their husband. Mariam treats Laila like a daughter because of their significant age difference and the fact that Mariam could never have children. Rasheed also blames Mariam for all of her miscarriages. Laila marries Rasheed after her parents die in an explosion. She only agrees because she was carrying Tariq’s child. Tariq is Laila’s best friend. She realizes that she could not be a single mother in a society that would blame her and shun her. Mariam’s mother was also pregnant out of wedlock. Jalil, Mariam’s father, built Mariam and her mom a house far away from society. In A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and in society today, women are victims of physical and sexual abuse, harassment, or objectification because society does not hold the correct person accountable but instead blames the woman.
Many women are victims of physical abuse not only in America, but all across the world.

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