A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini

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Khaled Hosseini presents the struggle Afghan women go through every day by discussing honour, marriage and the place of women in society in Afghanistan.

Hosseini makes it very apparent that honour is extremely important to people in the Afghan culture and what others think of them means a lot. An Afghan would do anything to keep their honour, even if it means they are unhappy. In both novels, Hosseini shows a number of examples of dishonour and the negative impacts it can have to an individual’s well-being. According to the Honour Based Violence Network, In Afghanistan, ‘honour’ crimes remain very high along with many other forms of violence against women, and are increasing as attitudes fail to keep pace with economic and social changes.

In A thousand Splendid Suns (ATSS) when Jalil and Nana - who was a housekeeper, have an affair and Nana becomes pregnant, Jalil 's wives demand to throw her out and live in the Kolba (a small hut) in order to protect Jalil 's reputation. Also, Nana 's own father disowned her and moved to Iran never to be seen or heard of again due to the embarrassment his daughter had caused him. Nana was the one who suffered whereas nothing happened to Jalil. Nana was also given full responsibility for the child and Jalil only visited once a week. Nana 's bitterness suggests how she knows it is unfair and resents Jalil but knows there is nothing she can do because as a woman what she wants or thinks is not relevant and the man has all the power. Nana
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