Overcoming Obstacles in Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns

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In Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, many characters are forced to overcome obstacles in their personal lives. Laila and Mariam, the two main characters, find themselves married to the same man, Rasheed. Both had a good relationship with Rasheed at the beginning of their marriages. Soon they found that they were both being abused by Rasheed. Mariam and Laila overcome the abuse by taking matters into their own hands. Khaled Hosseini introduces the reader to the ways many Muslim men and women believe that marriages should be private and that how the man treats his wife or wives is his business. Many relationships find themselves trying to overcome an abusive marriage.
At the beginning of the book Mariam marries Rasheed against her will, which was another obstacle Mariam had to face. “Then the mullah asked Rasheed if he indeed wished to enter into a marriage contract with Mariam. Rasheed said, ‘Yes’” (Hosseini 52). “’Yes,’ she said shakily” while looking at Rasheed and being frightened by his appearance (Hosseini 53). After the ceremony is complete Mariam and Rasheed hopped on a bus and went directly to Kabul, where Mariam spends the rest of her life. At first Mariam is not very comfortable in Rasheed’s home, but eventually makes it her home too. The house really starts to feel like home to Mariam when Rasheed showed kindness towards her. When Mariam first gets settled into Kabul Rasheed buys her presents to make her transition to her new home easier and to show

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