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Although Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns is generally a somber tale filled with brutal crimes against humanity and the horrors of war, it is filled with virtually every mood known to man. There is the anticipation and joy that Mariam feels as she awaits the arrival of her father early in the story; and there is the disappointment that overwhelms her when she discovers that Jalil has refused to see her when she pays a visit to his home. Mariam is filled with uncertainty when she is eventually asked to stay at Jalil's, and it is turned to anger when she discovers the true purpose of her invitation; and later, to revulsion when she first meets her betrothed. Mariam and Laila share moods of friendly introspection during Rasheed's absences, but they often endure the anxiety of his temper and his wrathful brutalities toward them. The two enjoy brief moments of tense excitement when they appear to be so close to escaping their unhappy home, but it is followed by their near-death experiences when they return to Rasheed. There are all too few moments of happiness, but Laila does experience the love of Tariq before he leaves with his family and, later, when he returns to her. There, too, is the loving bond that exists between the mother and her children, and the mature feelings that grow between Laila and Tariq. Most of these moods are dwarfed, however, by the constant fear that exists during the warring--be it from their fear of Rasheed or the bombs that constantly fall.
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