Oppression of Women in Afghanistan in the Text Aa Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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Jacob Turnhout Statement of Intent Type of writing: Formal Writing Purpose: Inform students of the oppression of women in Afghanistan Audience: Year 13 students of the college Q: Novelists write about aspects of society we do not normally consider. To what extent do you agree with this view? “One in every Three Afghan women experience physical, psychological or sexual violence”. This a quote referenced from Harvey Thompsons book review of the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns written by Khaled Hosseini. Hosseini reveals in his novel an aspect of society we do not normally consider. That aspect of society we do not normally consider. That aspect is the systematic oppression of women in Afghan society. I agree that this is an aspect we…show more content…
Khaled is quoted saying “It is undeniable that the treatment of women in some Muslim countries -including my own- has been dismal. The evidence is simply overwhelming. In Afghanistan under the Taliban, women were denied education, the right to work, the right to move freely, access to adequate healthcare, etc.” Yet these restrictions that Hosseini states are only a few of the restrictions that the Taliban placed upon women. Some of the following restrictions that he states are quoted in the book as, “you will cover with burqa when outside, If you do not you, will be severely beaten.” He also goes on to list more restrictions such as cosmetics and jewellery are forbidden. “as a woman you will not speak unless spoken to”, “you will not make eye contact with men”, “you will not laugh in public if you do, you will be beaten.” “You will not paint your nails, if you do, you will lose a finger.” “Girls are forbidden from attending school.” “All schools for girls will be closed immediately.” “Women are forbidden from working.” All of these rules or laws in some cases that hosseini states the Taliban enforced make it very obvious that freedom in Afghanistan is not a choice for women. Afghanistan is a stark contrast to the western world through the difference of cultural practices. “A culture that believes it is okay to harm and abuse women is not a

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