Mariam's And Laila's Characteristics

632 WordsFeb 26, 20182 Pages
In this essay I am going to compare the main characteristics of the two most important characters of this book. They were both born in Afghanistan but each of them was raised by totally different families. In spite of not having the same social background after several years they meet one another and live together, as wives of their strict husband Rasheed who refuses modern rights for women. Laila was born in a good, educated and loving family. Babi always tells her that education is one of the most important things in her life. “‎Marriage can wait, education cannot ... You can be anything you want Laila … And I also know that when this war is over Afghanistan is going to need you as much as its men maybe even more. Because a society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated Laila. No chance.”p.114. However, Laila’s mother Fariba, does not support her as she does with her brothers. She gets struck by grief, depressed when she finds out that her sons are killed in the war. The other woman, Mariam, was born as a harami. She lives with her mother Nana, in a small kolba near Herat. Her father Jalil visits her once a week and Mariam is always impatient to see him again. She has to suffer a lot, mainly because of her mother who often scolds her and does not want to allow her any education. ”What’s the sense schooling a girl like you? It’s like shining a spittoon. There is only one skill a woman like you and me needs in life, and they don’t teach it in school. p.18
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