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A Thousand Splendid Suns Feminist Analysis

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In Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, Mariam and Laila were brought together due to circumstances they could not control. Although they were both oppressed wives of a cruel and violent husband, Rasheed, they were eventually able to regain power over their own lives. The two women supported and learned from each other, finding strength in their relationship. Their relationship was an alliance of sorts and was essential to their ability to regain power over their lives. Once Mariam and Laila befriended each other, they each started to gain courage and hope and began to take more control over their lives in separate, small acts of courage and rebellion that eventually led to significant events which cemented their newly regained power. The developing of power did not come without obstacles, but Mariam and Laila were able to persevere and continue to stand up for themselves against both Rasheed and their societal constraints. Finding strength and motivation from each other and from other loved ones essential to their efforts, Mariam and Laila were able to take power over their own lives by standing up to and retaliating against oppressors in a series of events which led to the pivotal moment when Mariam kills Rasheed, finally setting both women free and giving them both complete power over…show more content…
One of the first instances of such rebellion was when Rasheed, the greatest obstacle to the women’s regaining of power over their lives, was preparing to beat Mariam with his belt. Laila was not willing to succumb to the power Rasheed exerted upon them with violence, so she lunged at Rasheed herself, preventing him from harming Mariam. This small victory against Rasheed was the beginning of several events that marked the women’s attaining of power. Another example of how Laila rebelled against Rasheed’s possessive, controlling nature is when
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