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Posted August 7, 2011 at 10:00 PM via web

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How is Laila both a victim of circumstance and a master of her own destiny in A Thousand Splendid Suns?

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 29, 2011 at 9:35 PM (Answer #1)

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In A Thousand Splendid Suns, Laila is both a victim of circumstance and a master of her own detiny because she falls into situations that she cannot control and she asserts her own agency in the situations that she thinks she might be able to control. For example, when the bomb hits her home and she loses both her parents, Laila becomes the victim of circumstance. She was the one who should have been inside the home, but fate acted in other ways and placed her outside when the bomb hit.  Now she is alone, and being a woman alone in Afghanistan at the time is unsafe.  When Laila becomes conscious again and realizes that Rasheed has taken her into his home, Laila masters her own destiny by accepting his marriage proposal.  Laila knows that she will be safer as part of this family than she will be alone on the street.  From here, Laila is able to master her own destiny and take advantage of the situations to come.

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