Summary Of ' 1000 Splendid Suns ' By Khaled Hossieni

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People in first world countries with privileges tend to overlook their good fortune and take everything for granted. Women in third world countries such as Afghanistan can only dream of the privileges and opportunities that would be given to them if one were to live in Canada, for example. Recently, media had been continuously trying to stress this concept of privilege difference to the Public. Attempting to amplify the amount of gratitude and thankfulness that people express for the good life they have been given. The novel ‘1000 splendid suns’ by Khaled Hossieni is a wonderful written example of this, as it explores the lives of two Afghan woman and their everyday struggle with oppressing forces in every aspect of their lives. Visual…show more content…
Hossieni’s most prevalent examples that prove this theory deal with woman being forced into marriages, and how it can often lead to devastating consequences. The earliest example readers are exposed to occurs after Rasheed looser his temper on Mariam. The author says this “Mariam chewed. Something at the back of her mouth cracked. ’Good’ Rasheed said ‘Now you know what your rice tastes like. Now you know what you’ve given me in this marriage. Bad food and nothing else” (Hossieni 104). After Mariam fails to cook a meal within her husband’s standards it causes him to react in an irrational way. However, the deeper meaning behind this act was Rasheed’s anger and disgust in Mariam for failing to bear a male child, proving that there isn’t a sense of respect of love for his wife. If their marriage was built on the foundation of love, then this would not have been a problem. However since she was forced in the marriage by her father, she is given no such comfort. Many people will read this passage and think that Hossieni is just over exaggerating to entice his audience to read more, however reality is, chewing rocks doesn’t even amount to the real pain felt by woman all over Afghanistan. The documentary ‘Loosing hope: Women in Afghanistan’ By IRIN tells the story of a young girl named Jamila in the town Kabul. Jamila’s real name wasn’t mentioned in the

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