After Soraya tells Amir about her past, she says, "I'm so lucky to have found you. You're so different from every Afghan guy I've met” (180). How do Afghan women fare in America? Are they any better off than they were in Afghanistan before the Taliban seized power? There is a noticeable absence of women in the novel. How is this significant?

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Afghan women are treated with sexism in America. For example, Amir says that while fathers and sons can speak openly about women, no Afghan daughter can ever openly discuss a man with her father. In addition, a father would not bring up a man with his daughter unless the man were an approved suitor whose father has asked the girl's parents' permission for...

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