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Posted November 14, 2010 at 4:44 PM via web

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I need help with my A Thousand Splendid Suns essay

In my English class, we were required to read A Thousand Splendid Suns; she has now assigned an essay for us. For some reason, I just cannot think of a lot of material to fit 3-4 pages. Normally I am pretty good with coming up with things to say, but this is tough. The question I'm answering is "Mariam's mother, Nana, tells her: 'Women like us. We endure. It's all we have.' Discuss how this sentiment informs Mariam's life and how it relates to the larger themes of the novel." 

If it helps,my intro paragraph is this:
The lives of women who live in Afghanistan are completely different from those in the United States of America. Here in America, women have the same rights as men do and when faced with opposition, women fight back. In Afghanistan, women are seen as lower beings, used for housework and childbearing, with threats of punishment for specific actions that those in America find accepting. These items are shown throughout the book A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Nana, the mother of one of the main characters named Mariam, tells Mariam “Women like us. We endure. It’s all we have.”  This quotation becomes one of the themes throughtout the entire novel.

If you can please be detailed, that would be great! Thank You!

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 15, 2010 at 4:50 AM (Answer #1)

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This is a pretty good start for your paper.  It is my thought that you should give specific examples as to how Mariam is constantly disappointed by the men in her life.  Her father, her husband, her husbands friends.  The comparison can also be drawn as to the country of Afghanistan and how she, as a nation continues to endure the ravages of political wars and invasion by other countries.    You can compare Miriam with Laila.

"The two main characters are Mariam and Laila. Mariam is a more traditional woman, raised ten years or so before Laila. Mariam is also more subservient than Laila, having had little education and a mother who constantly berated her."

Look at the differences between the lives of the two women but also look at the way they are alike.  Even though both women are abused, they each handle that abuse in totally different ways.  Then consider what happens to Mariam and to Laila.  Consider what happens to Afghanistan and how the survival of the nation is much like the survival of the strong willed woman. Also consider the daughter and how she is even more strong willed as a young woman that her mother ever was. 

I have included several links which I hope will be helpful for your research.  Good luck.

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