Similarities Between Post Colonialism And A Thousand Splendid Suns

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Title:- A study on Postcolonialism in Khaled Hosseini’s novels The kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Key words: - Nationalism, feminism, adversity, displacement, racism, cultural clashes

Post-colonial theory is the study of the colonizer and the colonized. Post-colonial literature refers to the literary works of writers of the colonized countries whose work concentrates on the main theme of colonization and decolonization. Post-colonial literature is about European colonization of Asia, Africa, countries around the Pacific and many other parts of the world. It deals with the problems such as adversity, racism, exploitation of women and
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In the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns we find Farbi and Hakim who lose their two sons Ahmad and Noor in war. They both undergo a very difficult, tormenting period. Farbi isolates herself for five years; she becomes fragile day by day. Giti, friend of Laila is struck by a straying rocket and is blown to pieces which make Laila explode into tears. The continuous sounds of guns, bombs and rocket blasts disturb people’s life. Laila loses her parents in a rocket blast. We can find many children who lose their parents and become orphans. In The Kite Runner, Hassan and his wife are brutally murdered by the Taliban. Children were begging on the streets and they were sexually abused. We can find people moving to Pakistan, U.S.A and other parts of the world as immigrants. The people in Afghan suffer from poverty and…show more content…
In A Thousand Splendid Suns we find Laila’s neighbours, friends, even her beloved Tariq move out of Afghanistan when Laila’s parents decide to move out it is too late, they are killed by a stray rocket. In the end Laila and Tariq move to Pakistan and they begin a new life, however their ties to Afghanistan make them return and they together rebuild the ruined city. In The Kite Runner, we find Baba and Amir moving to U.S.A. Both their hearts are tied to Afghanistan; they cannot bear the fact of being immigrants in a foreign country. General Taheri and his family are also one of the families who represent the displaced Afghan families. Rahim Khan, Baba’s friend moves to Pakistan. The displacement as immigrants in a foreign country greatly depressed the
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