A Thousand Splendid Suns

1227 WordsJun 16, 20185 Pages
In a nation brimming with discrimination, violence and fear, a multitudinous number of hearts will become malevolent and unemotional. However, people will rebel. In the eye-opening novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns written by Khaled Hosseini, the country of Afghanistan is exposed to possess cruel, treacherous and sexist law and people. The women are classified as something lower than human, and men have the jurisdiction over the women. At the same time, the most horrible treatment can bring out some of the best traits in victims, such as consideration, boldness, and protectiveness. Although, living in an inconsiderate world, women can still carry aspiration and benevolence. Mariam and Laila (the main characters of A Thousand Splendid Suns)…show more content…
Some weeks, if the wallet was light, she took only a five-afghani bill, or nothing at all, for the fear that he would notice. When the wallet was plump, she helped herself to a ten or a twenty, once even risking two twenties. She hid the money in a pouch she’d sewn in the lining of her checkered winter coat. (247) Laila’s boldness is shown as she makes a courageous decision to steal from Rasheed, risking his acrimony if he were to discover her theft. However, Laila is stealing for a very good cause, which would benefit both herself, and Aziza. Similarly, Mariam exhibits her attribute of being bold as well, when she strikes Rasheed with a shovel in order to save both Laila and herself: If she let him walk now, how long before he fetched the key from his pocket and went for that gun of his upstairs in the room where he’d locked Zalmai? Had Miriam been certain that he would be satisfied with shooting only her, that there would be a chance he would spare Laila, she might have dropped the shovel. But in Rasheed’s eyes she saw murder for them both. And so Mariam raised the shovel high, raised it as high as she could, arching it so it touched the small of her back. She turned it so the sharp edge was vertical, and, as she did, it occurred to her that this was the first time that she was deciding the course of her own life. And, with that, Mariam brought down the shovel.
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