Laila In Afghanistan Character Analysis

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1.2 Laila A girl born into an intellectual family opened her eyes to the world on the day Afghanistan was announced the democratic republic of Afghanistan, ending the era of aristocracy and inequality (100). Laila, the youngest child to Fariba and Hakim is a revolutionary child and eccentric. From a young age her father believed that Laila needed to get an education and to be independent, informing her of “Women have always had it hard in this country, Laila, but they’re probably more free now, under the communists, and have more rights than they’ve ever had before” (133). As a child she is brought up with the idea of freedom, love and a world without gender oppression. The unconditional love that her parents give her causes Laila to suffer more after the shift in country’s political system; Taliban. “Outside, as she was climbing on the carrier pack …show more content…
Her love for Tariq was not forced, unlike most asymmetrical Afghani love, their love was pure. “Now and then, sitting next to Mammy, seeing the drooping, woebegone looks around the room, the magnitude of the disaster that has struck her family registers with Laila. The possibilities denied. The hopes dashed...it is hard to feel, really feel, Mammy’s loss...Ahmad and Noor had always felt like lore to her. Like characters in a fable. Like kings in a history book...It is Tariq who is real, flesh and blood...in Laila’s heart, her true brother is alive and well” (170). Communistic regime was soon overthrown by Mujahideen, and the sky was filled with live rounds and the hope for inequality. The civil area was soon a terrifying battlefield causing many to flee. Laila’s family was one of them, but due to misfortune, a stray grenade killed her family leaving her alone. Put on the same circumstances as Mariams, abandoned and deserted, she has two equally painful choices: prostitution and

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