A Thousand Splendid Sun's - Critical Analysis Paper

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The Life Story, Struggle, and Self Sacrifice of Two Courageous Women

10. The driver who takes Babi, Laila, and Tariq to the giant stone Buddhas above the Bamiyan Valley describes the crumbling fortress of Shahr-e-Zohak as “the story of our country, one invader after another… we’re like those walls up there. Battered, and nothing pretty to look at, but still standing.” Discuss the metaphorical importance of this passage as it relates to Mariam and Laila. In what ways does their story reflect the larger story of Afghanistan’s troubled history?

In the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns Khalid Hosseini highlights the escalating conflicts in the Middle East and the fates of two Afghani women by highlighting
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Nana told her that there wouldn’t be any shortage of things she would endure and she was right. Laila in contrast has a little bit different of a story but she as well had to endure many tragedies and loss. Laila wasn’t a harami and she had both of her parents. Her life growing up was a lot less traumatic but she stood out because she had blonde hair and green eyes. Laila is also much prettier than Mariam and is able to go to school and get an education. He father is a teacher and she has two brothers that she has never met because they left to join the jihad against the Soviets. At this point in the novel Hosseini shows how the war is escalating and this becomes more predominant in the proceeding chapters. The war has been going on for eight years and the Soviets were losing. Laila struggles to have a relationship with her mother, however, this is very difficult because her mother only talks about her brothers and really neglects her by not showing her affection. Mammy has good and bad days but usually just bad ones. She lies in bed all day and sometimes she won’t even leave her room for many days at a time. Laila’s best friend is Tariq and he is missing one of his legs from a land mine. As Laila and Tariq get older they actually become lovers and the war is moving closer to Kabul. Babi took Laila and Tariq to see their countries heritage by taking a day trip to The Red City called Shahr-e-Zohak. The
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