The role of women in Afghanistan is an unjust and unreasonable position in which they are continuously denied many freedoms and rights. The women in the story engage reader’s interest and feelings; their personalities are almost real and existent. It is amazing that Hosseini, a man, could have so much insight into the feelings of women at particular situations. Housseini positively depicts the persona of Afghan women and their ability to endure gender inequality, denied education and Taliban rule. Khalid...
Major characters in A Thousand Splendid Suns are Mariam, Laila, Rasheed, and Tariq. Secondary and supporting characters can be seen in this book as the parents, friends, and children of our main characters. Mariam is the first main character that we get to know in the book. Her beginning story is that of an illegitimate child’s struggle in Afghanistan. Mariam’s life as an outcast growing up brought her very little knowledge about the outside world. Her childhood was heavily influenced...
An author uses literary devices to improve the value and the meaning behind their story. Symbolism is often utilized to represent an idea, and can take different forms. Usually it is an object that represents another by giving it a much deeper meaning and value than what it really is. Us readers use symbolism while we read a novel, poem, or story without even knowing it because our brains think symbolically. Symbolism represents storytelling and keeps the readers interested in...
Introduction A Thousand Splendid Suns is a work of realistic fiction based on Khaled Hosseini’s trip to Afghanistan. The story is set in Afghanistan between the early 1960’s and early 2000’s and features two main protagonists. The first is Mariam, a quite, thoughtful child at the start of the book. Born out of wedlock to a rich and married businessman named Jalil and his former housekeeper named Nana. Mariam resents her mother’s strict ways and the fact that she sees...
Introduction The novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, written by an Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini and published in 2007, deals with the themes of redemption and friendship depicted in various parts of the novel. A Thousand Splendid Suns is an impressive, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love. Moreover, the novel relies on different stylistic and language conventions such as imagery, symbolism, and different perspectives of the protagonist to explore the themes of redemption and...
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The protagonists in both ‘The Handmaids Tale’ by Margaret Atwood and ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khalid Hosseini suffer in the societies in which they exist. Similarly, the theme of religious oppression underpins the suffering of the female protagonists in both the fictitious, dystopian society of Gilead in ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and the historical realities of Afghanistan in ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’. The Handmaids Tale is a dystopia written in a near future in which the protagonist Offred is oppressed...
Postcolonial studies an emerging and interesting field of academic study that deals with colonialism and imperialism basically the cultural legacy of both and in particular focuses on the human consequences of the controlled and exploited colonized people and their resources and property. The Imperial powers is critically and theoretically analysed through this. The study is viewed through critical lens the reader is supposed to analyse the effects and explain the relationship between the chew and the effects of imperialism and...
The purpose of this study to reveal the main characteristics of women, that how women are oppressed in our society and how they are facing challenge daily in their personal and professional life. According to the novel of Husseini, he declares the real version of women and portray the story that how the two characters changed their lives while living in the society where women are considered as a puppet. An expanded sexual orientation mindfulness all in all and in...
With reference to wider reading, explore and compare Margaret Atwood and Khaled Hosseini’s sociological representation of religion and its impact on women’s treatment in The Handmaid’s Tale and A Thousand Splendid Suns. In both texts, A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Handmaid’s Tale, both writers explore the exploitation and mistreatment of women for the benefit of ‘the class structure of a society…in a struggle for economic, political and social advantage’, as stated by Karl Marx[footnoteRef:2]. However, the underlying force behind...
“A Thousand Splendid Suns” is a moving novel written by Khaled Hosseini, being set in Pakistan. Amid the infamous rule of the Taliban, two women, Mariam and Laila, live under the oppressive roof of their husband, who brutally beats them both verbally and physically. Throughout this book, a strong bond is established between the two women, who guide and support each other in becoming strong faithful women, and who ultimately take two immensely different paths. This book conveys the idea...
Both A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007) and A Dolls House (1879) present the sacrificial role of women in society. Hosseini’s novel is about a woman who marries in order to be accepted and to please her family. Ibsen’s ‘well-made play’ shows a woman who goes against the law despite the consequences to support her family. In this essay I will discuss the sacrificial role of women in both these texts. A Dolls House is set in the Victorian era, during...