A Thousand Splendid Suns Essay

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A Thousand Splendid Suns Essay “An heirloom-breaking, clumsy little harami” (Hosseini 4), sets the tone for the beginning of Mariam’s life throughout the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns. Many women are mistreated throughout the novel, but Mariam’s childhood is much tougher because she is a harami, or “bastard child”. Mariam tries to find emotional and physical shelter in her lifetime, but struggles to find it. In the beginning of her life she can’t find emotional shelter from her mother, Nana, so she tries to find shelter from her father, Jalil, but can’t find a connection. She then was forced to marry Rasheed, but can only find physical shelter in him. Later in the novel, she becomes friends with Laila,
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…Rasheed raised the belt again and this time came at Mariam. Then an astonishing thing happened: The girl lunged at him. She grabbed his arm with both hands and tried to drag him down, but she could do no more than dangle from it. She did succeed in slowing Rasheed’s progress toward Mariam…In the end, Mariam knew that there would be no beating, not that night.” (Hosseini 241) The next day Mariam and Laila have tea together outside in the garden and become friends, “, a look passed between Laila and Mariam. An unguarded, knowing look. And in this fleeting, wordless exchange with Mariam, Laila knew that they were not enemies any longer.” (Hosseini 250) They started doing chores together and became good companions. Mariam finally had someone who she could talk to and Laila gave her some emotional shelter. Laila had a daughter named Aziza. Aziza always wanted Mariam to hold her, “When Aziza first spotted Mariam in the morning, her eyes always sprung open, and she began mewling and squirming in her mother’s grip. She thrust her hands toward Mariam, demanding to be held, her tiny hands opening and closing urgently, on her face a look of both adoration and quivering anxiety. …As soon as she was in Mariam’s arms, Aziza’s thumb shot into her mouth and she buried her face into Mariam’s neck.” (Hosseini 252)
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