Problems that the Taliban have caused, in real life, have impacted the way that many innocent people in various Arab countries used to live--long ago, life was delectable to many. People lived in a state of tranquility, and could live accompanied by one word: freedom. However, later on, and not long ago, the Taliban created a set of strict, over-the top rules that have not only completely
To begin with, Farah Ahmedi worked hard to get her and her mother to a land free of war. For example, Ahmedi stated how “[...]her father and brothers [were] dead from a rocket attack[...]” (Studysync). Farah knew how dangerous her country, Afghanistan, had become and they (Farah and her mother) were “[...]desperate to get through[...]” (Ahmedi 1). This led Farah to not only want to save herself, but also her
(AGG) Najmah being with certain people and going through the things she did really helped her change her ways of thinking and handling things in real life situations. (BS-1) The Taliban taking Nur and Baba-Jan taught Najmah how there are real life situations and she has to step up to the plate and do something so she can protect her family. (BS-2) Akhtar and Khalida were a help for Najmah, they guided her into realizations for her to be strong and determined for Baba-Jan and Nur. (BS-3) Nusrat showed Najmah it is ok to trust others and that she has to make good choices for herself. (TS) Throughout the book Under the Persimmon Tree, Najmah goes through many events that change the way she acts and makes choices that change her who she is from the beginning of the book to at the end of the book.
for example,"They separated us not long after they took us from Golestan. They told the boys to stay behind the hill with a guard. They took Baba jan and the other village men in their trucks. They tied their hands behind their backs and drove off, over the hill, with the men crowded in the back like cattle. Not long after we heard gunshot" (254). This quote shows a large impact on our character Najmah, it shows how her brother Nur and her father Baba jan were kidnapped and how Baba jan was killed by The Taliban and when Najmah knew that her father was dead it changed part of her life. A Lot of events happened in this novel to our character Najmah. particularly this is a quote that shows a even that tells us about our character " I hold Habib close, as if the warmth of my body will bring him back to life. I can tell by his utter stillness that he is gone. I carry him to where my mother lies on her side" (82). This is another big part that affects Najmah, her mother and baby brother died because of bombs from the time of war that they were in. The Taliban impact Najmah a lot to illustrate "this is a matter of the greatest honor to us, we must do everything to obey our father's wish if we don't we may as well die" (Staples 256) from the piece of textual evidence it is the great honor to Najmah and Nur to keep what their father has demanded before he has left, and from what the decision will be depends on their faith as to keep their father's wish. Najmah and her brother will go through the danger to go back to their land, so The Taliban caused a lot of things in Najmahs
Miriam's mom died, she was given up by her dad ever since she was born even although she does get weekly visits from him. Miriam was also put into an arranged marriage by her father even though she was only 15. Rasheed, Miriam's husband, was very abusive and forceful to her. She also was never able to have children even though she became pregnant 7 times, all ending up in miscarriages. Laila experienced a good childhood, she had friends and a good family. Soon all her friends either moved away or died. Laila and her family were going to move away from Afghanistan until their home was struck by a rocket, her mom and dad both died in the house while she was rescued by Rasheed who cared for her wounds. She was than convinced that he would be the safest person to be with, so then they married. Soon she became pregnant with Tariq's baby but had to act like it was Rasheed's. Miriam and Laila were both abused by Rasheed if they did anything wrong. They both experienced difficult lives. The driver states "the story of our country, one invader after another... we're like those walls up there. Battered, and nothing pretty to look at, but still standing." Miriam and Laila are like the Buddhas, they are constantly receiving bad things one after the other. Miriam and Laila slowly falling apart, yet still holding their will. They both show how much they've gone through but what they are still trying to get to. Afghanistan has
(MIP-1) Najmah has lost most of her family at the Taliban and Americans hand, leaving Najmah with no family to be with. (SIP-A)Baba-Jan and Nur were taken by the Taliban to fight for them, Mada-Jan and Habib, Najmahs newborn baby brother
“While my mother hemorrhaged to death during childbirth, Hassan lost his less than a week after he was born. Lost her to a fate most Afghans considered far worse than death: She ran off with a clan of traveling singers and dancers.”
They have done a lot to her family and the Taliban are doing similar things in reality to a lot of people. The Taliban has done a lot in the book while fighting the Americans and trying to survive. In the book they were as horrible as they can ever be. One example is their harshness.
Ultimately, Mariam and Laila attempt to escape, but fail, which in turn infuriates Rasheed even more. These two women then work together and protect each other, and in due course, kill Rasheed during one of his “ritual” beatings. In the end, Mariam is killed for murdering her husband, and Laila, with her children, Aziza and Zalmai, finds Tariq and marries him; then, together they start their own family. Throughout the course of the story, not only was a passionate, well-written story presented, but also a clear picture of what Afghan culture and its aspects are really like.
The author as Najmah had “paused before placing the golden fruit on the plate with the bread that I have left for my mother’s breakfast” because she knew that Uncle would eat everything they gave him (Staples 60). Along with stealing their food, the Taliban also took Babajan and Nur. In order to get more fighters, the Taliban ordered Babajan and Nur to “come and fight with the Taliban,” leaving Najmah, Habib, and Madajan all alone, and Najmah without a mother when they bombed Kunduz Hills. Najmah described how “mother lies on the ground nearby with her legs splayed at odd angles...and... Habib lies motionless a few feet behind her” because the Taliban had bombed Kunduz Hills (Staples 67).
(MIP-1) Najmah’s loss of family caused her to become more grown up.(SIP-A) A experience Najmah had that changed her is that her father and brother got taken by the Taliban.(STEWE-1) Before her father was taken, she was very childish like when she didn't want to go up the hill "I don't want to say that I am afraid to go into the hills by myself, so I nod dumbly"(Staples-8).(STEWE-2)
Fast forward to 1995-6. Afghanistan is exhausted after several wars, leadership changes and the country's resources are depleting. A group of Southern Afghan men that fought against the Soviet Union decide to form the Taliban. The Taliban is formed as an Islamic militia to promote peace. They unofficially rename Afghanistan 'The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan'.