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A Thousand Splendid Suns Seminar

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Daulton Scott

on 16 June 2011

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Transcript of A Thousand Splendid Suns Seminar

Classroom Rules

-All men will grow their beards. The correct length is at least one clenched fist beneath the chin. If you do not abide by this, you will be beaten.
-Singing is forbidden.
-Dancing is forbidden.
-Playing cards, playing chess, gambling, and kite flying are forbidden.
-Writing books, watching films, and painting pictures are forbidden.
-If you steal, your hand will be cut off at the wrist. If you steal again, your foot will be cut off.
-If you are not Muslim, do not worship where you can seen by Muslims. If you do, you will be beaten and imprisoned. If you are caught trying to convert a
Muslim to your faith, you will be executed.

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.
-You will not, under any circumstance, show your face. You will cover with a burqa when outside. If you do not, you will be severely beaten.
-Cosmetics are forbidden.
-Jewellery is forbidden.
-You will not wear charming clothes.
-You will not speak unless spoken to.
-You will not make eye contact with men.
-You will not laugh in public. If you do, you will be beaten. A Thousand Splendid Suns Seminar By Jasmin Husain, Daulton Scott, Meredith Fyfe and Kat Fu What is freedom? free·dom/Noun
1. The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
2. Absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government. Is it better to live a life under command and control or risk everything for a life of freedom? Freedom Small Pleasures A Thousand Splendid Suns Abuse World Events Women's Rights A Thousand Splendid Suns follows the lives of two women
in War Torn Afghanistan. Their lives are filled with struggles and hardships, but together they manage to persevere. Freedom is the right to make your own choices and act in a way that suits you, without interference from others. Warning: Coarse Language "Mariam lost count of how many times the belt cracked." (346) "What a man does in his home is his business." (266) Abuse is a prevalent but disturbing theme in our novel. The story takes place during a period of political instability of Afghanistan. "Like a compass needle points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman, always." (7) "Where I come from, a woman's face is her husband's business only." (70) "One last time, Mariam did as she was told." (371) "Meet our real masters. Pakistani and Arab Islamists. The Taliban are puppets. These are the big players and Afghanistan is their playground." (307) Conclusion -Mariam risked her and Laila's safety by killing Rasheed, knowing that he could have easily ended their lives
-Precious severs relationship between her and her abusive mother
-People in Libya, Korea, Cairo, etc, continued to protest against the laws of their government, even though they could have been arrested/ executed
-Women choose not to wear the burqa even though they may be offending their religion, or viewed as sexual objects


-All lead to a more pleasant life/ life of freedom Other Events: Holocaust, Rwanda Reflection:
-Creative ideas, got the audience involved
-Communicated well among group members
-Equal cooperation, and contribution of work
-Organized, enjoyed the book
-Could have used time more effectively during class Rules

Live your life and be free
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