The Effects of Afghanistan War on Women

777 WordsDec 29, 20114 Pages
Fighting is constant in Afghanistan and it affects women significantly. The men in their lives control women, and because of the oppressive government, they hold no power in society. A Thousand Splendid Suns, written by Khaled Hosseini is a story of two young women, Laila and Mariam, who face and overcome many hardships and live in a country destroyed by political oppression and war. Hosseini exposes the inner strength of Afghan women through the point of view of these two women; a strength that enables them to endure difficult situations including forced marriages, the Taliban insurrection, and a lack of educational opportunities. The novel begins with Mariam who has to endure life since birth. Being a harami, or an illegitimate child,…show more content…
Not so bad. This was a legitimate end to a life of illegitimate belongings (370). This strength from Mariam gives Laila the courage to go back her home country with the intention of helping to rebuild country destroyed by war and the Taliban government. Through the lives of these two women the author expresses the theme of the inner strength of women. Both Mariam and Laila endure so much heartache merely because they are women, yet each continue to pull together the strength to move forward. Even though society tells them that they are worthless, they each find their purpose and live a fulfilling

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