Oppression of Women in Afghanistan in the Text Aa Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

1154 Words Sep 11th, 2013 5 Pages
Jacob Turnhout
Statement of Intent
Type of writing: Formal Writing
Purpose: Inform students of the oppression of women in Afghanistan
Audience: Year 13 students of the college
Q: Novelists write about aspects of society we do not normally consider. To what extent do you agree with this view?
“One in every Three Afghan women experience physical, psychological or sexual violence”. This a quote referenced from Harvey Thompsons book review of the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns written by Khaled Hosseini. Hosseini reveals in his novel an aspect of society we do not normally consider. That aspect of society we do not normally consider. That aspect is the systematic oppression of women in Afghan society. I agree that this is an aspect we
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Female doctors, though they have the luxury of being allowed to continue working, are forced to wear burqas even during surgery. Mariam explains this give and take scenario saying, “Here was a women who had understood that she was lucky to be even working, yet there was always something, something else that they could take away”. This quote signifies the oppression of women in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime as it shows how rights our taken away and new restrictions put in place. This is also shown when Mariam is forced into an arranged marriage with rasheed a man 30 years her senior by her father. After he is pressured to by his multiple wives because Mariam is a “herami” and brings shame and dishonour upon him.
The symbol of the burqa is another reason why I agree, with the view that novelists write about aspects of society we do not normally consider. The Burqa is not apart of western society but in Afghan society it is very common. The burqa somewhat represents the aspect of the oppression of women in Afghanistan. Its purpose is to oppress women and show male dominance. As men in Afghan society their wives wear them as a sign of ownership as Rasheed is quoted as saying. “A Woman’s face is her husbands business only”. The idea of the burqa is to preserve the beauty and purity of women solely for her husband, because in Islamic culture it is believed that a man owns a woman once they are married and that her

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