Who is more of a hero: Anne Mueller in The Thorn Birds or Maryam in A Thousand Splendid Suns?

One could argue that Mariam in A Thousand Splendid Suns is more of a hero than Anne Mueller in The Thorn Birds in that she sacrifices her life to save someone else. She does this by killing Rasheed, who was in the process of strangling Laila to death, but subjecting herself to a death sentence by doing so.

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Both Anne Mueller in The Thorn Birds and Mariam in A Thousand Splendid Suns are truly heroic women in their own different ways. As someone who had polio when she was younger, Anne knows what it's like to suffer, but she has never once let it interfere with her life....

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Both Anne Mueller in The Thorn Birds and Mariam in A Thousand Splendid Suns are truly heroic women in their own different ways. As someone who had polio when she was younger, Anne knows what it's like to suffer, but she has never once let it interfere with her life. It is such remarkable fortitude that makes Anne a real hero.

Mariam's life has also been marked by suffering. Born out of wedlock in a traditional society, she's felt like an outcast her whole life, someone who doesn't really belong anywhere. That's why the very special bond she develops with Laila is so important to her: for the first time in her life, it gives her a sense of belonging and acceptance.

Mariam has had to go through an awful lot. She's suffered more than most, and the fact that she's been able to come out the other side is a sign of her heroism. But what really makes her a hero is the ultimate sacrifice she makes for Laila. When she sees her husband Rasheed strangling the life out of Laila, she kills him, guaranteeing that she will be executed, but at the same time ensuring that Laila has a chance to move on with her life.

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