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A Thousand Splendid Suns
Transcript of A Thousand Splendid Suns
"On and on he went. Mariam
sat watching the girl out of the
corner of her eye as Rasheed's
demands and judgements rained
down on them like rockets on
Rasheed is Mariam's husband. He is
definitely the antagonist in this novel.
He is ruthless and mean and has no
respect for Mariam or his other wife,
Laila. In this quote Mariam is talking
about how Rasheed just criticize's Laila's
daughter, Aziza, and never shows any
love to her. You can tell this is a simile
because it compares two things using the
"The Sun fell on the girls face, on her large
green eyes and her smooth brow, on her high cheekbones and the appealing thick eyebrows which were nothing like Mariam's own, thin and featureless. Her yellow hair, uncombed this morning, was middle-parted."
The author of this novel uses many examples
of imagery throughout the novel and is very descriptive and that was one reason I really enjoyed reading this novel. He painted a perfect picture with words so I could see exactly what the characters were seeing.
In this quote Mariam is looking at Laila who is pretty much her replacement because Mariam couldn't give Rasheed what he wanted which was a boy, let-alone a child at all. She had very many miscarriages. And since Laila's parents were killed in the war by a bomb she was left as an orphan at about 15 and Rasheed took her in and married her.
"Outside, an oriole was warbling. Someone
was pulling a cart. Mariam could hear the creaking of its hinges, the bouncing and rattling of its iron wheels. There was the sound of gun fire not so far away, a single shot followed by three more, then nothing."
In this part of the story Laila is still new in the
house and she is sitting downstairs in the morning while Mariam is folding some clothes. She is starting to talk more and become less shy and she starts to ask Mariam about something Rasheed had said the night before. Right as Laila begins to speak Mariam looks out the window getting ready to speak and then Mariam tells Laila that she won't be her servant, she won't sit back and let the beauty of Laila's youth replace her.
I can tell that this was an example of imagery because very many adjectives and descriptive words were used.
"You could fired the noon cannon next to his ear and he wouldn't have batted an eyelash."
In this part of the novel Laila's mother
was talking about Rasheed. Rasheed had
a son who passed away from drowning.
Laila's mother was talking with other
women about how Rasheed used to drink
back then and on the particular day that
his son drowned, he was "crying drunk". So
that's why he probably didn't hear his son.
I can tell that this is an example of a hyperbole because it is an extreme exaggeration. If someone fired a cannon right next to your ear you would definitely flinch at least.
"Armed, bearded men in black turbans sat in their beds. From each truck a loudspeaker blared announcements, first in Farsi, then Pashto."
On this day Laila, Mariam, Rasheed, and Aziza are out in Kabul which has been overtaken but trucks of men who are all apart of the Taliban. they are announcing all of the new laws and rules such as; singing is forbidden, dancing is forbidden, writing books, watching films, and painting pictures are forbidden, cosmetics are forbidden, jewelry is forbidden, etc. These are all things that people here in America take for granted because these are all common rights to us here.
This is again an example of imagery because it uses a lot of description.
"I thought I'd have to cluck like a chicken or bray like a donkey."
In this part of the novel Laila and Mariam take Aziza to a boarding school because they think she will be safer there. The person who says this quote is a man named Zaman and he is a caretaker at the school. Aziza doesn't want to leave her mother and Mariam so she is very sad and shy. Zaman says something that makes her laugh and he is happy about that because he was worried he would have to do something out of the ordinary to make her happy.
This is an example of not only a simile because its use of the word like to compare two things, but it is also an example of onomatopoeia. It exemplifies onomatopoeia because it uses the words cluck and bray to describe sounds.
"He sat upright, and, for a few brief moments he appeared merely thoughtful, like a ship captain informed of imminent mutiny taking his time to ponder his next move."
During this part of the novel Laila's childhood best friend, Tariq, and the man she is truly in love with comes to visit and after all these years Laila thought he was dead because Rasheed paid someone to tell her that he was dead. Zalmai (Laila and Rasheed's son) tells Rasheed that Laila let Tariq in and that she spent the afternoon with him. This quote is Mariam's thoughts describing what she is seeing on Rasheed's face. I think she sees the calm before the storm because after this moment Rasheed goes off on both of the women; he yells at both of them and beats them.
This shows a simile by comparing Rasheed to a sailor using the word like.
"Maybe there would be a path to take, a path that led to a grass field where the children could play, or maybe a graveled road that would take them to a clear blue lake where trouts swam and reeds poked through the surface."
Rasheed beat Mariam and Laila harder than he ever had before after he found out about Tariq visiting. He had Laila pinned up against the wall, choking her. So Mariam goes and gets the shovel and she hits Rasheed over the head with it, killing him. Mariam realizes what she has done but she thinks its for the best because he would've killed Laila and after all these years Laila and Mariam do become friends. So the women decide to run away and in this quote Laila is daydreaming about the life she always wished that she could have and now she thinks it can really come true. But what she doesn't realize soon enough is that things are usually too good to be true.
Laila uses a lot of descriptive language to show her dream world which is an example of imagery.
"'Kiss Aziza for me,' she said. 'Tell her she is the noor of my eyes and the sultan of my heart. Will you do that for me?'"
By this part of the novel Mariam comes to terms with what she has done and she finds the courage to turn herself in and take the punishment for her crime. She doesn't want to have to face Aziza herself because over the years they have gotten so close. Mariam asks Laila to try to tell Aziza how much she means to her. I think this part of the novel is really meaningful because Mariam is being so strong and courageous by owning up to what she did but she is too scared to say goodbye to an innocent child. But I think that's exactly why Mariam doesn't want to face Aziza, because Aziza is innocent and Mariam is not.
This is an example of a metaphoe because it compares two things without using the words "like" or "as".
"But now, here in this place, it's easy to summon Mariam behind the lids of her eyes: the soft radiance of her gaze, the long chin, the coarsened skin of her neck, the tight-lipped smile."
This quote comes from the end of the novel when Laila goes to look for Mullah Faizullah, who was Mariam's teacher when she was younger back in Herat. She finds his house and his son, Hamza, answers the door and she finds out that the Mullah had passed away. Hamza gives Laila a box that Jalil, Mariam's deceased father, had brought Mullah in hopes that Mariam would come by and get it. In the box was a copy of the movie Pinocchio and a letter from Jalil. After Hamza gives Laila the box she asks him to show her Mariam's old house and so he takes her there. She goes in the hosue alone and easily can close her eyes and see Mariam living there. She describes what she sees very well which made me use this quote as example of imagery.