A Thousand Splendid Suns: Analysis

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“ Nana said, ‘Learn this now and learn it well, my daughter: Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. You remember that Mariam” (Hosseini 7).

In this passage from A Thousand Splendid Suns, Mariam’s mother explains to her what her father is really like. Through the begging of this novel, Mariam sees her father, Jalil, as the better parent and views her mother as the more strict one. Nana isn’t fond of Jalil because after he had got her pregnant, he denied that he tried sleeping with Nana, “That [she] forced [herself] on him” (Hosseini 6). Mariam doesn’t believe this story. She feels that the only reason her father hadn’t kept her and her mother in his house was because of his other wives. Nana
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They would make new lives for themselves-peaceful, solitary lives- and there the weight of all that they’d endured would lift from them, and they would be deserving of all the happiness and simple prosperity they would find” (Hosseini 315).

In this quotation ,Laila And Mariam are imagining their perfect life if they leave the life they live in. Mariam and Laila are tired of living with their husband, Rasheed, who abuses the and they want to start new lives. Previously, they did try to leave him but they ended up getting caught which caused more abuse for them. Laila thinks this will go through, but Mariam knows the ugly truth that this fantasy isn’t reality and she knows what will really happen to the two of them and their family. In the end this idea is never accomplished, much like most dreams. Laila ends up moving with her love Tariq and her two kids, Zalmai and Aziza, to Pakistan. While Mariam decides to turn herself for the murder of Rasheed and she is killed at the end for what she did. In the novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Hosseini uses motif of having a dream of the perfect life that is never reached. Just like in the novel, Of Mice and Men, the characters, Lennie and George, had a fantasy of having a life they have always wanted but in the end a tragedy causes this dream to be destroyed when Lennie gets killed, but in this situation it is Mariam who is killed. A lot of novels have this theme where the idea is to end