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mxiong08 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 4, 2008 at 1:21 AM via web

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From A Thounsand Splendid Suns, discuss the thematic significance of the phrase listed below.

From A Thounsand Splendid Suns, "One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, or the thousand splendid suns..."

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vancolate4729 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 17, 2009 at 7:43 AM (Answer #1)

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"...One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs
And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls..." refers to the thousands of Afghani women trapped and alienated by the society in which they live.  They are forced to be confined inside their homes and can only leave if accompanied by a male family member.  When outside, they are forced to wear burquas that cover their body, including hands, feet, and the face to be "modest".  While some women accept and even like the fact that no one can gaze upon their face as they walk alongside their male ascort, more and more women are beginning to defy this long lasting way of society.  The women who like the way things are, however, might do so because they consider their concealment as a way to force men to like them as they are as individuals, rather than the way they look.  This is the case with American Muslim teenagers who usually have the choice of covering their entire bodies, or not (whether its the burqua, or the more modern covering of just the head but not face).

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted August 16, 2010 at 12:46 AM (Answer #2)

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The thematic significance of the quote,

"One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, or the thousand splendid suns...,"  

is that the author is trying to convey that although the country of Afghanistan is so restrictive and ugly towards women, there is great beauty and hope when one looks at the roof tops under the sun. 

Women in Afghanistan have been restricted for centuries by the men in their lives.  They have to succumb to their every wish and desire, and they are often treated like dogs.  However, beneath all of the confinement, the women continue to see the splendor and beauty in their lives through the little daily joys that they can find.  The women like the roofs are the beauty of the country.

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