What are two important symbols and their significance in "A Thousand Splendid Suns"?

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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 as much as she thought he did. She sees “…the weight of eyes on her” symbolizing the strained relationship between her and her father’s co-wives as well as between her and Jalil. They resented her, looked down upon her and wanted her gone. This realization deeply hurt Mariam. On her bus ride home from seeing the doctor, at the thought of her pregnancy, Mariam’s eyes clearly reflect her emotions. The author says that “It is as though a rainbow melted in her eyes.” The rainbow is symbolic of happiness.

The other symbol in the book is the burqa. This traditional dress whose length reaches the floor and covers one completely from head to toe is symbolic of the hardships of a woman in that society. She has no rights living in a patriarchal society...

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