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A Thousand Splendid Suns

The title literally is taken from a poem written by Saeb-e-Tabrizi, who was a seventeenth-century Persian poet. In this poem, he uses the phrase "a thousand splendid suns" to describe the beauty of...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2012 3:09 pm UTC

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Life is harsh to both Mariam and Laila, but they manage to find ways to stand up to cruel fate and see some beauty in life. This shows that they are both strong in spirit, even if they don't have...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2018 12:05 pm UTC

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In A Thousand Splendid Suns, Mariam's mother Nana hangs herself because she realizes that her daughter has grown fond of her father Jalil. Nana understands that Jalil will not put himself in a...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 11:17 am UTC

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There are many examples of irony—verbal, dramatic, and situational—in Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns. The first category of irony is verbal, which occurs when a character says one thing...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 2:41 pm UTC

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The judge's remark is ironic in many ways. In addition to citing western medicine as a source to enforce inequality, almost everything that is said during Mariam's trial is ironic since it's said...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2018 4:10 pm UTC

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In the story, Mariam is indeed a figure of sacrifice. Here is one quote that demonstrates this: She could feel his hand working at his belt, at the drawstring of her trousers. Her own hands...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2018 7:01 pm UTC

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In A Thousand Splendid Suns, one way that American foreign policy has led to continuing chaos in Afghanistan is by continuing war. The characters in Hosseini's work have known nothing other than...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2015 1:38 pm UTC

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A Thousand Splendid Suns was written by Khaled Hosseini and was first published in 2007. It follows the life of two women in Afghanistan. Through the narrative, the author very clearly shows how...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020 11:46 am UTC

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The author's message is one of hope. At the end of the story, Tariq and Laila are reunited with their daughter and she gets away from the cruel and violent Rasheed. "Laila and Tariq run away...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2008 3:23 pm UTC

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Mariam's mother tells her, "Women like us. We endure" early in Mariam's life. She is the illegitimate child of her mother, Nana, a former servant, and a wealthy man named Jalil, in whose house Nana...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 4:43 pm UTC

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Mariam is a tragic character who knows very little happiness in her life. After her sad childhood, terrible marriage to Rasheed, and initial resentment of Laila, she finally finds a certain comfort...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 10:35 am UTC

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"A Thousand Splendid Suns" is a work of fiction that is based on reality. The story of the two women Mariam and Laila and the terrible things that happen to them in an environment where...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2008 8:09 am UTC

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Because the entire novel discusses the oppression of women, it is impossible to narrow its portrayal of sexism to one page or even to a few. Below are several examples of sexist characters and...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2010 4:02 am UTC

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In a home that often feels crowded by worry, darkness, and death, Laila's father, whom she calls Babi, gives her hope. Babi dreams with her and for her while her mother mourns the life that was...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019 7:25 pm UTC

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In A Thousand Splendid Suns, Mariam's and Laila's friendship inspires them to fight back against a very challenging situation. Mariam and Laila suffer mightily under the oppression in their daily...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2016 2:54 pm UTC

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In chapter 21, of "A Thousand Splendid Suns," Laila and Tariq are taken by Laila's Babi to see the massive Buddha sculputres. They climbed to the top and could see the whole Bamiyan Valley below...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2009 1:05 pm UTC

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The quote, "...if it's a girl, Laila has already named her" (Chapter 51), is the last line of the story. Laila is pregnant, and is remembering a naming game her family had played the...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2008 7:16 am UTC

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The story begins with a description of the first time Mariam heard the word “harami”. She was five at the time and living with her mother in a small hut outside Herat. Her father would visit her...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2015 9:05 am UTC

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For Mariam, the burqa is a comfort. It allows her to observe others freely, without fear that she will be exposed to the "scrutinizing eyes of strangers." Since others cannot see her face, Mariam...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2016 4:24 pm UTC

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A Thousand Splendid Suns is a novel that revolves around the trials and tribulations of two women who become unlikely friends due to their similar and unfortunate circumstances. Mariam and Laila...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 12:07 am UTC

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The protagonists of the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, Mariam and Laila, are both extremely strong. Whenever there's a time or a place where people can't choose to be who they are or express their...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018 6:56 am UTC

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As Rasheed's two wives, it's only natural that Miriam and Laila wouldn't want to be close at first. However, they share the same household and the same problems; rather than fighting, they learn to...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 6:43 pm UTC

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It is certainly not surprising that Mariam felt a sense of guilt after discovering the body of her mother hanging from a tree. Mariam was all that her Nana had, and when Nana discovered that her...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2011 9:25 am UTC

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A Thousand Splendid Suns is set during the rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan. The book came out during the war in Afghanistan and after the 9/11 attacks in New York, and sought to portray what...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2019 2:41 pm UTC

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Referring specifically to A Thousand Splendid Suns, the quotation is the promise that Tariq makes to Laila in Chapter 50. Laila has decided that she wants to leave her tranquil life in the relative...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2011 8:31 am UTC

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Isolation is a powerful weapon in the hands of those who are trying to control a society. It's the reason why, throughout history, evil forces have used imprisonment, scare tactics, book-burning,...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2018 6:48 am UTC

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Excellent question! In the fourth part of the novel, the tone finally turns to a more hopeful one. Laila discovers that Tariq is alive; she and Mariam escape Rasheed (though it is through...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2010 8:26 am UTC

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Mariam's motivations and goals change a bit over the course of her life. As a child, her primary goal is to earn the affection and attention of her father. She lives with her mother (Nana), a woman...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2018 1:59 am UTC

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The judge's words about God's laws are ironic because they promote injustice, even as he professes to value justice. Basically, in executing what he believes to be justice, the judge is actually...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2018 8:23 pm UTC

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Both Mariam and Laila endure their life circumstances in similar yet differing ways. Their respective approaches to life reinforce the themes of women's suffering, gender roles, and female...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2017 10:53 pm UTC

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Laila is a victim of circumstance when she becomes pregnant with Tariq's child and loses her parents to a bombing in Kabul. Yet, she may be considered a master of her destiny by some of the brave...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 4:02 pm UTC

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Following Nana's hanging in Chapter 5 of A Thousand Splendid Suns, Mariam returned with Jalil to his home. It appeared that Mariam is going to be a part of Jalil's larger family, and he has ordered...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2011 10:18 am UTC

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Arranged marriages gave women absolutely no say concerning who would be their husband. In the case of Mariam, her marriage was arranged by a father who only visited her on occasion; he was pressed...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2011 5:45 am UTC

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Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns tells of a country ravaged by war, poverty, natural disaster (drought) and hopelessness. During the Great Depression, hundreds of thousands of Americans...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2015 2:25 am UTC

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Mariam's character is quite dynamic in A Thousand Splendid Suns. Early in the novel when Laila first arrives in the home as Rasheed's second wife, Mariam is very upset and takes out the decision...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016 1:10 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2011 5:08 am UTC

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The author uses eyes to symbolize the complex emotions of the characters at different times in their lives. After Mariam is taken in by her father Jalil, she discovers that he does not care for her...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2015 9:40 am UTC

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Khalid Hosseini decides to focus his second novel on the women of Afghanistan to give some insight into the plight of oppression in the Middle East as well as to represent the strength these women...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 4:31 pm UTC

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At first, Mariam is outraged at the presence of another woman in her home. But she has little say in the matter, since the cruel Rasheed has the final (and only) say in matters of the household....

Latest answer posted August 15, 2011 8:41 am UTC

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Although the women eventually become fierce allies, things certainly don't begin that way. This is thanks in large part to Rasheed, who is an arrogant and abusive man and seemingly wants the women...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019 6:41 pm UTC

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In Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns, Mariam and Laila are the two female protagonists, and readers hear each of their stories alternately. We first learn of Mariam's childhood with a...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2019 2:27 am UTC

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A literary setting includes place and time, and Khaled Hosseini uses both heavily in his novel A Thousand Splendid Suns. Place includes geography, but it also includes the environment. In this...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2018 5:26 pm UTC

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Mariam portrays true motherly instincts in A Thousand Splendid Suns. She learns from the death of her own mother how deep Nana's own love (albeit dependant affection) was for her daughter. Mariam...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2011 4:53 am UTC

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Toward the end of the novel, the plot reaches its climax when Mariam kills Rasheed. Both Mariam and Laila are married to Rasheed, and he has been verbally and physically abusive to both other the...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2019 5:08 pm UTC

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Survival is absolutely a central theme in Khaled Hosseini's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns. Mariam's mother tells her, when Mariam is a young girl, "Women like us. We endure. It's all we...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2018 8:22 pm UTC

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Although Laila felt that her two brothers garnered most of the love of her mother, she also knew that she was the apple of her father's eye. Laila did experience love in her household, and she...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2011 7:47 am UTC

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The presence of Titanic in Kabul is appealing for a couple of reasons. The first is that at the time of its release or viewing in Kabul, there is a massive drought that is ongoing and controlling...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2013 12:46 pm UTC

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I think you can separate the sense of belonging that the various characters experience into two main groups: the women's love for each other, and the suppression they suffer at the hands of the...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2011 10:51 pm UTC

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In A Thousand Splendid Suns, the best evidence of how the accumulation of power and money inevitably lead to a loss of spirituality is Rasheed and the Taliban. In A Thousand Splendid Suns, women...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2015 10:41 am UTC

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To experience redemption, Hosseini in A Thousand Splendid Suns suggests that individuals must act towards something larger than themselves. This becomes the redeeming path that Mariam walks. It...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2015 9:30 am UTC

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