A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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What other significant symbols besides the burqa and the "thousand splendid suns" are within the book A Thousand Splendid Suns?

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One other source of symbolism in A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini is Nana's observation that snowflakes are the falling of "aggrieved" women's sighs that cover people on the earth as a testament of how the world's suffering, undervalued women endure silently. Mariam and Laila are two such women. To clarify, they may talk back as Laila did or even protest as Nana did, but outside of their own four walls, their voices of protest and pleas for mercy are as silent as snowflakes. One other symbol is the reference to Kabul from seventeenth century poetry that says the moons "that shimmer" on Kabul's roofs cannot be counted indicating the glory of Kabul and how the city changes and, then again later, may change again and be rebuilt and restored.

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