Reflection on "A Thousand Splendid Suns" Essay

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Reflection on “a thousand splendid suns”

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs. And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls."

Closing the book, I just feel real and hopeful.

I will not say this story is a tragedy, and I hate when people generalise it as a book where everyone died except for Laila, Tariq and their children. Indeed, a depressing and melancholy mood is seemed to be perpetuated throughout the book, which has a large time frame spanning over decades (making it also a thought-provoking historical fiction); we agonise over the misfortune of the many characters, over their fickle lives under the most evil torture of the human rights. It's not the kind of affliction or anguish that is easy
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He realised that at the end of his life, the thing that should be cherished most is the opportunity of being a father, the thing that should be embraced most tightly is his daughter. This person, is just so real. Even Rasheed, who is the major cause of the two women's misfortune, has showed his fatherly love when Zalmai was born. Everyone in this story is a three-dimensional person; none of them is perfect, but each one of them can be a splendid sun shining in the sky of Afghanistan.

"Real" is definitely not the only feeling I have after reading it, the most overwhelming one must be "hopeful". Hosseini has never intended to depress anyone since the very first beginning when he wrote down the title of book - "A thousand splendid suns". Though the walls may seemed to be ashen and rough, I can still see the thousand splendid suns hide behind the walls. This is exactly the motto, the spirit that inspired everyone in this book to keep on struggling. For Mariam, she was able to have "a legitimate end to a life of illegitimate beginnings." because she "has loved and been loved back". For Laila and Tariq, their splendid suns are their children, children in Afghanistan and each other. For Laila's Babi, his splendid suns are Laila and her Mammy. For Jalil, at the end of his life, he still possessed hope to take Mariam in his arms "as he should have all those

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