The Role Of Mariam In A Thousand Splendid Suns

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Being forced into a loveless marriage by their family. Living according to someone else’s strict beliefs and rules, not their own. Feeling the immense, pressure of having to conceive healthy, male children in abundance. Facing ruthless violence from their husband. Staying silent, knowing that no one will hear their desperate cries for help in their unjust society. Living in constant fear and unease everyday of the deadly bombs unceasingly landing around their war torn city. These are some of the many hardships and struggles that Afghanistan women face during their life. A great illustration of their struggles is displayed in a character, Mariam in the book “A Thousand Splendid Suns”. Unlike the women that live with these struggle for their …show more content…
Rasheed doesn’t only subject Mariam to physical abuse, but verbal abuse as well. One night he turns on Mariam, lashing out violently at her. “‘Now you know that you’ve given me in this marriage. Bad food and nothing else.’ Then he was gone, leaving Mariam to spit out pebbles, blood, and the fragments of two broken molars"(pg. 104). She tolerates this abuse from her husband without fighting back to defend herself. Mariam’s fear stops her from standing to the injustice that is being done towards her. She not only allows herself to be treated like this once, but several times after this incident. This submissive behavior shows Mariam gives in to being the victim in her story. Feeling like she has no options, she continue to stay married to Rasheed, who physically and verbally abuse her. Nonetheless, Mariam continues to pick herself up and keep living her life, showing perseverance in time of great despair. While many women would have cried or begged for mercy, Mariam endures the pain not allowing herself to act outwardly weak in front of …show more content…
While Laila tries to convince Mariam that they would take on the aftermath together, Mariam insists on taking all the blame for her actions. “It is fair. I’ve killed our husband. I’ve deprived your son of his father. It’s isn’t right for me to run. I can’t”(pg. 358). Mariam knows that her punishment under the Taliban law will be extremely harsh and not understand her need for self defense. Instead of avoiding prosecution by fleeing with Laila, she stands strong in her the decision to face the unjust repercussions. While she might be scared of the consequences her action will bring her, but Mariam does not allow her fear to overpower the strength of her soul. Knowing that she has endured plenty of pain as well as fulfilled her dream of being happy, Mariam knows taking sole responsibility for killing Rasheed is the appropriate choice. Additionally, Mariam acknowledges that multiple lives don’t need to be ruined over her actions. “‘When they do, they’ll find you as guilty as me. Tariq too. I won’t have the two of you living on the run, like fugitives. What will happen to your children if you’re caught?(pg 358)’” She knows that if both she and Laila escape the city, it will only lead to a life of running and/or inevitable capture. Either way, it would only hurt Laila’s children and the bright future that Laila has waiting for with Tariq. Therefore

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