A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini

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In the novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, the author Khaled Hosseini reveals the constant struggles and the sacrifices of motherhood through comparing the lives of the female characters in the book; Fariba, Nana, Mariam and Laila, and each one of these women show how motherhood and sacrifice are connected. In the specific quote on page 358, Hosseini has one of his main characters, Mariam, realize that she must make sacrifices as a mother to save the lives of the people she loves the most, “ ‘It’s fair,’ Mariam said. “I 've killed our husband. I 've deprived your son of his father. It isn 't right that I run. I can 't. . .” Hosseini has his characters particularly Mariam and Laila deal with the idea of sacrifice differently. Whereas Laila can run away from this problem, Mariam can never run away from the fact that she killed Rasheed, “I’ll never escape your son 's grief”. These passages show two examples of sacrifice and its relevance to motherhood. Mariam and Laila don’t escape from being mothers to their children regardless if they are biologically theirs or not, yet Nana and Faribs both escape their duty of being a mother by mentally “checking out”. Overall, the question is, what does Hosseini show about motherhood and its sacrifices in this passage, or in the whole novel rather? Hosseini demonstrates motherhood as a daily struggle; it 's full of impossible decisions, heartbreak, and horrible situations, yet in the same way it is full of complete contentment, genuine
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