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A Thousand Splendid Suns

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Transcript of A Thousand Splendid Suns

Major Theme
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Jenna Nichols
Honors English ll

Women's Rights
A Thousand Splendid Suns is about the suffering of women in Afghanistan A major theme of this novel is
"A man's heart isn't like a woman's womb, Mariam! It won't bleed, it won't make room for you. A man's heart is a wretched, wretched thing. I'm all you have in this world, Mariam and when I'm gone, you'll have nothing. You are nothing!" Page: 27
A man is conceded with himself while a woman can grow to love and be loved. Men only care for themselves.

"Nana said, "Learn this now and learn it well, my daughter: Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam." Page: 7
This quote explains that a women will always be blamed for the problems of men. No matter what Mariam does it will never be good enough.

"Mariam wondered how so many women could suffer the same miserable luck, to have married, all of them, such dreadful men. Or was this a wifely game that she did not know about, a daily ritual, like soaking rice or making dough? Would they expect her soon to join in?" Page:66
All women were given into marriage as a teenager.The men selected their bride. Some women were lucky and some were not. It was what was expected of an Afghanistan woman.
"There is only one, only one skill a woman like you and me needs in life, and they don't teach it in school. Look at me... Only one skill, and it's this: tahamul. Endure.’’ Page:18
A Afghan woman has to endure the life that is chosen for her. She has to be strong and adapt to the way that she will be treated by others.
"She remembered Nana saying once that each snowflake was a sigh heaved by an aggrieved woman somewhere in the world. That all the sighs drifted up the sky, gathered into clouds, then broke into tiny pieces that fell silently on the people below. As a reminder of how women like us suffer, she’d said. How quietly we endure all that falls upon us." Page:91
Each snowflake that fell was a remembrance of all the women that have suffered in the world. Each falling down silently to show that they were alone and no really cared for them or their opinions.
"Boys, Laila came to see, treated friendship the way they treated the sun: its existence undisputed; its radiance best enjoyed, not beheld directly." Page:133
Afghanistan boys are not raised to care about things such as: women, children or friendships. They were only concerned about themselves. To them the concerns of the days came and went like the sun.
"Women have always had it hard in this country, Laila, But they’re probably more free now under the communist and have more rights than they’ve ever had before, Babi said, always lowering his voice, aware of how intolerant Mammy was of even remotely positive talk of the communist." Page:135
Women were accustomed to covering their faces in public and not treated the same in education. Her dad told her that it was better than it ever had been and that it couldn't get any worse.
"The men filled their plates and glasses and took their meals to the yard. Once they had taken their share, the women and children settled on the floor around the sofrah and ate." Page:167
Men always come first. Women and children were only given what was leftover, they were always treated as secondhand citizens.
"Attention Women: 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." Page:278
Women were treated like animals, they had NO rights in Afghan society. They were severely punished for the most minuet things, every day common rights of human beings.
"She thought of her entry into this world, the harami child of a lowly villager, an unintended thing, a pitiable, regrettable accident. A weed. And yet she was leaving the world as a woman who had loved and been loved back. She was leaving it as a friend, a companion, a guardian. A mother. A person of consequence at last." Page: 370
Over the years Afghan women have had to work hard for their place in society. It is not always having a status in society, it is the greater life blessings like friendship and motherhood that determines the heart of a woman. As they find strength they will find their place in the world.
under the Islamic Governments such as; Taliban and Mujaheddin.
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