Why did Nana not marry?

Nana never married because of her epilepsy and because she later became an unwed mother.

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In A Thousand Splendid Suns , Nana's lack of a husband comes down to two events in her life that ultimately prevent her from being married in her hyper-patriarchal society. At the age of fifteen, Nana was engaged to a parakeet seller; however, the wedding was called off. A week...

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In A Thousand Splendid Suns, Nana's lack of a husband comes down to two events in her life that ultimately prevent her from being married in her hyper-patriarchal society. At the age of fifteen, Nana was engaged to a parakeet seller; however, the wedding was called off. A week before the wedding was to take place, Nana suffered an epileptic seizure, which she interprets as a jinn (or spirit) entering her body. Put off by the news of this event, her fiancé's family withdrew their consent to the union and called the wedding off.

Later on, Nana's marriage prospects were blunted by becoming an unwed mother. She had an affair with Jalil, a wealthy cinema owner, while she worked as his housekeeper. This turn of events loses Nana her job, her home, her reputation, and her relationship with her family. Rather than abandon her child, Mariam, or send her to an orphanage, Nana chooses to raise her daughter herself. This is a radically selfless act, since it makes her social shame plain to the world and ensures she will be less likely to ever procure a husband in the future, as virginity in potential brides is prized in this society.

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