Can anyone help me with an essay for A Thousand Splendid Suns with the theme of women's hope? I am doing an essay for school about this and am in need of some help thank you.  

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I think your topic of hope is a good one for A Thousand Splendid Suns, and most of the women in the story never give up their desire to better their seemingly hopeless situations. Only Mariam's mother, Nana, seems to have completely lost faith in anything positive happening to her, although Laila's mother also loses the will to live after the death of her sons. Despite the desperate situation of Mariam's life with Rasheed, she clings to the hope that her life will change for the better. Laila's presence is what keeps Mariam's hopes alive, and they both enjoy a short burst of independence when they attempt to flee Rasheed's home. After they are caught, they resume a dismal existence under the brutal hand of Rasheed, but once Laila discovers that Tariq is still alive, she realizes that future happiness may still await her. When Mariam kills her husband, she quickly understands that she will not escape the wrath of Taliban law, but she maintains the hope that Laila will survive to enjoy a life with the man she loves. Laila's hope never dies, and at the end, her desire to return to her homeland and begin a new life is built on the hope that her own child will be brought up in a peaceful world.

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