A Thousand Splendid Suns: strength of women surviving during the Taliban Era
Khaled Hosseini …show more content…
The novel is written in narrative format and is told from the perspectives of Mariam and Laila. With the commencing of The Taliban period, the structure of the novel stays the same as it clarifies and describes the new settings that the two female characters have to face. All the warring periods could in a way have foreshadowed the arrival of Taliban. The history of Afghanistan symbolised the unfortunate situations that the country would face. The idiom ‘harami’ means someone who is unwanted or who would never have legitimate claim to the things other people had; and this could refer to how the Taliban were viewed by fellow Afghans, later on during The Taliban’s ruling.
Mariam’s background is more traumatic than Laila’s as she viewed incidences for example ‘Nana dangling at the end of it/you were ashamed of me’, illustrating the trauma and heartache she had to endure at an early stage, resulting in her becoming a stronger character, which is demonstrated when Mariam convinces Laila to oppose the rules of The Taliban. ‘Mariam was muttering a prayer’ shows that Mariam continuously utters a prayer, which displays her effort to keep them protected from The