A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini

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4 Main Characters In A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini brings his story to life through Mariam, Laila, Rasheed, and Tariq. These four characters help Hosseini illustrate life in Afghanistan during the 1960s to the early 2000s. Mariam was born to a wealthy man and a housekeeper. She lives with her mother in a little shack a distance from her father’s mansion because he is ashamed of her and didn’t want her birth to ruin his reputation. He preferred to act like nothing happened rather than accepting responsibility and claiming his daughter showing how important reputation was for a man in Afghanistan. Mariam resents her mother for judging her father and not allowing her more quality time with him. While the audience can see through…show more content…
She finally breaks out of the social norm for women when she kills Rasheed in order to save Laila’s life. Even though Mariam was sentenced to death she died in peace realizing that she had a chance to love and be loved. Laila is lucky enough to be born into a modern Afghan family where her father pushes her to excel in school and become someone in life. She is unlike other girls in her neighborhood, because she has a desire to pursue her education instead of settling for a marriage. She falls in love with her childhood friend, Tariq, who later must leave her behind because he is forced by the dangers of the war to flee to Pakistan. Life during the war was difficult family and friends were separated in order to secure their safety. Before he leaves, Tariq impregnates Laila and after losing her parents to a rocket must marry Rasheed for the sake of her baby because women were not safe out on their own especially during war time. Stories had been told about killings and rapings so Laila settle for the safest choice. She became Rasheed’s prized possession, but when he she bore him a girl instead of a son his attitude quickly changes with her. He now despised her as much as he despised Mariam. Laila isn’t used to the beatings because her father never hit her or her mother, so when Rasheed threatens to hit Mariam she stops him creating a spark for their friendship later resulting in an unbreakable bond. Laila at
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