Summary Of ' A Thousand Splendid Suns '

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Resounding vibrantly throughout A Thousand Splendid Suns, the subjects of oppression and endurance in females give men the power to control. Men escape the blame continually while women face backlash for the actions of men. Even at a young age, Nana preached to a reluctant Mariam about the inescapable character of men. Nana recounts her personal experience when Jalil lied to his wives about Nana, claiming she forced herself upon him. Jalil defended himself from the repercussions of his actions by slamming the blame of his rendezvous wholeheartedly of Nana, taking no responsibility for his condemnable actions. As such, Nana warns Mariam that “Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman, Always. You remember that, Mariam” (7). The idea of men skirting the consequences of their actions or false accusation of women echoes throughout the entire novel. In A Thousand Splendid Suns, Nana’s foreshadowing and symbolic advice proves just as Mariam journeys through her life. First, Jalil blames Mariam for putting him in an awkward position by refusing to marry Rasheed. Later, during her abusive marriage, Mariam becomes the blame countless times by Rasheed. Laila falls under Rasheed’s imperialistic hold after the death of her parents. Laila endures Rasheed’s animalistic actions in hopes for a better future. Hosseini utilizes literary devices such as foreshadowing and symbolism successfully to execute the subjects of female oppression and
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