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A Thousand Splendid Suns

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Andrew Fadil

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Mary Astell The perseverance of the women in Afghanistan came as a result of forced marriages, the Taliban's restrictions and the lack of education. Their continuous endurance despite these unbearable factors shows their inner growth. For Laila on the other hand, her father wanted more than anything for her to be educated. She had been going to school up until the point her whole family was killed which led to her forced marriage, then the rise of the Taliban prevented her from going back to school. Author's Background KHALED HOSSEINI Born in Kabul, Afganistan, in 1965
His father was a diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry
The Afghan Foreign Ministry relocated his family to Paris in 1976
The family then sought and were granted political asylum in the US
He graduated from high school in 1984 then enrolled at santa clara university where he earned a BA in bio
In 1993 he earned a medial degree at San-Diego's school of medicine
He wrote his first novel, The Kite Runner while in medical practice
He was inspired to write a thousand splendid suns after seeing the nations aftermath after decades of turmoil. Were students, professors, teachers, government workers and doctors.
Not forced to do anything
Could not leave the house without a man and their entire bodies covered.
Could not see male doctors. A health risk
80 % of marriages were forced at a young age
beaten to near death when violating the Taliban's code
High percentage of women were denied an education. Women's Education Mariam & Laila were denied an education, yet still persevered as they learned to be strong through everything. For Mariam, her mother Nana was very strict and bitter. Nana did not allow Mariam to do anything as she feared loosing her. That included getting an education, she found no value in allowing her daughter to be educated, something Mariam really wanted. Nana's death led to Marima's forced marriage which followed the Taliban's restriction on women's education giving Mariam no opportunity to go to school. She went along with whatever challenges life threw at her. It's evident that Laila does not allow the lack of education to break her and bring her down. Throughout the novel she always wanted to make Afghanistan a better place to live for women which shows her great perseverance. "What's the sense schooling a girl like you? It's like shining a spittoon. And you'll learn nothing of value in those schools" (Hosseini 18) “One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.” (Hosseini) "It may be surprising to know that women in Afghanistan participated socially, politically and economically in the life of their societies before the Taliban came into power" (Najmi) Khaled Hosseini presents through the perseverance of Mariam & Laila how the strength of women in Afghanistan allows them to endure the country's political outrage that leads to gender violence. Thesis The Taliban Take Over Women In Afghanistan before & after the Taliban & Civil War

Employed and had a right to education. Forced Marriages The physical and emotional abuse that mariam
& Laila underwent by their forced marriage to the same man led to them building a great bond, one of ultimately persevering together. With their lives put at risk by Rasheed, their devotion and support towards one another shows a great amount of inner strength that these women possess. Through it all, a longing for acceptance is all they wanted
“Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.” (Hosseini)
- Shows that with everything going in Afghanistan, even waiting & being patient was dangerous because you never knew what could happen. “Laila has moved on. Because in the end she knows that’s all she can do. That and hope.” Hosseini) By: Andrew Fadil "Fate of women still tied to arranged marriages in post-Taliban Afghanistan" (Sieff) Gender Context Women in Afghanistan Violated not only by the Taliban force but also by their husbands
Even after the Taliban they were involved in cases of violence.
Under the Taliban women's freedom was striped away
were not given an opportunity for a proper education. "You will stay inside your homes at all times. It is not proper for women to wander aimlessly about the streets. If you go outside, you must be accompanied by a mahram, a male relative. If you are caught alone on the street, you will be beaten and sent home" (Hosseini 278). The Taliban Laila was beaten by the Taliban several times during her visits to see her daughter
She suffered during her birth as the Taliban limited hospitals and supplies. The Taliban "it lays bare the truly horrendous existence of women and girls." (Thompson) Soviet Invasion Civil War The Taliban Post 9/11 era Political Context Pre-Taliban Synopsis PREZI > POWERPOINT ISU process was very interesting, gained a lot of knowledge about a country that's been through so much, politically, socially and of course with gender equality.
Process work was very useful
Time to complete the whole presentation helped a lot
Preferred this format of an isu compared to a essay They made me invisible, shrouded and non-being
A shadow, no existence, made silent and unseeing
Denied of freedom, confined to my cage
Tell me how to handle my anger and my rage?

(Shorish-Shamley) Through an Afghan women's eyes.. Zieba Shorish-Shamley, from "Look into my World" published on the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Laila's Perseverance despite all the difficulties she had faced made her a devoted women who returns to kabul to contribute towards women's rights and freedom The Taliban publicly executed mariam for killing Rasheed
She had gotten over her fear of Rasheed and killed him for freedom
This action shows incredible self-sacrifice of these women.
Mariams awareness of the fact that she would be killed for such an actions demonstrates a long journey of perseverance . To Conclude.. These women managed to maintain strength in spite of difficulty No burden was made heavy enough for women in Afghanistan to be able to get though. Mariam & Laila demonstrate this in such an inspiring way. Circumstances, faith & tragedy brought these two women together and made them strong
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