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Mariam's mother proclaims:" Women like us. We endure. It's all we have." Do Mariam and...

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candyluver | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 16, 2011 at 12:02 AM via web

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Mariam's mother proclaims:" Women like us. We endure. It's all we have." Do Mariam and Laila handle the injustices of their society differently than their mothers did?

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

Posted August 30, 2011 at 12:51 AM (Answer #2)

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Mariam and Laila hand injustices differently compared to how their mothers handled injustices in their lives.  Mariam's mother constantly complains about the injustices in her life, particularly those caused by Jalil's abandonment.  She complains openly about Jalil in front of Mariam and tries to teach her daughter not to trust him.  However, she does not share these feelings outright with Jalil, nor does she try to change the circumstances of her situation.  Mariam, on the other hand, lives quietly with Rasheed's abuse until the day that she stands up for herself and Laila and kills him.  Mariam accepts the consequences of her actions because she thinks that she did the right thing by standing up to Rasheed.

Laila's mother also complains about the grief that she experiences as a result of her two sons being killed during war.  She lets her grief eat away at her.  Laila, however, asserts more agency in her life, and she finds reasons to live.  She does not wallow in grief when her parents die nor when she thinks that Tariq is dead.

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