Gender Roles In A Thousand Splendid Suns

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Through a feminist criticism of the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns I was able to analyze major themes, character developments and answer questions pertaining to the feminist criticism. I was able to determine the role of women, the difference between men and women in the work and gender roles in the novel. In A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini the theme of education to bring together the style and main female characters. The division of the novel is into four parts. The first part introduces Mariam a teenage girl, who does not receive an education except for a religious one. After, her mother dies her father has her marry Rasheed, a man more than twenty years her senior. However, Jalil’s other daughters, “Saideh or Naheed, both her own age, both students in the Mehri School in Herat,…show more content…
In consideration of, when Laila reacts to Tariq’s opinions whereas in her marriage with Rasheed she knew that having different opinions than her husband meant an argument or a beating. Laila is a teacher at a school at the end of the book, which may allow her to feel closer to her father as he was a teacher as well. Thus, we can interpret that Laila feels an importance to education because of her father's passion for it and she understands the advantages it can bring to one’s life.
Ultimately, the four sections of the novel helped develop Laila and Mariam’s character because each section represented a different time in their lives. It also helps provide the reader with a clear contrast between their characters as one is a “city girl” whereas the other was a “village girl”, but it did not matter where they came from because at the end of the novel they were both shown in a positive light for their own reasons. The theme of education brings the characters and the style of the novel
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