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A Thousand Splendid Suns

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Daniela Morin

on 23 May 2013

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photo (cc) Malte Sörensen @ flickr Rising action & Climax The rising action of the story I consider to be Rasheed's abuse that Laila and Mariam endure for many years. The climax of the story I consider to be the murder of Rasheed, by Mariam because this significant event pertains and directly affects both protagonists. Another climax for Laila would be the return of the left for dead Tariq, and for Mariam , it would be the death of her mother, Nana. Author Khaled Hosseini Khaled Hosseini

DANIELA MORIN A Thousand Splendid Suns Born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1965. His father was a diplomat in the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and history at a high school in Kabul. Their homeland had witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet Army. The Hosseini's were granted political asylum in the United States, and in 1980 moved to San Jose, California. Hosseini graduated from high school, enrolled at Santa Clara University earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. He later entered the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, where he earned a medical degree. The Book's While practicing medicine, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner, it went on to become an international bestseller and beloved classic, sold in at least seventy countries and spending more than a hundred weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, remaining in that spot for fifteen weeks and nearly an entire year on the bestseller list. The two books have sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S and more than 38 million copies worldwide. His most recent work, And the Mountain's Echoed, released May 21, 2013. This Tuesday! Connection I connected this work of literature that I read a couple of years bak Freshman yeat, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. This book mad eme fall in love with this author, and reading his second novel A thousand splendid Sun revealed the reoccuring them in his work of redemption and suffering. In both works the characters face redemption in one form ora nother. In the Kite runner, Amir through Hassans son, finds a "way to be good gain" after betraying his brother. In this novel, Mariam fins penance in whatshe did to Nana, and asheed by sacrificing her life for Laila's freedom. Peer Reviewed source The google Scholar Article I found discussed and questioned the moral ethics of "gazing" at third world countries in poverty and crtitizinging their culture and lifestyle. It basically warned about the "white man coming to save these people from themselves" or the white mans burden, because It depicts Afghanistan and its people ins such a demoralizing way. Nonetheless it is a fact that that country has been riddled with war in the past decades and their is a patriarchal society. This book however reveals it on a more intimate scope, and therefore get under your skin. More Quotes “A man's heart is a wretched, wretched thing.
It isn't like a mother's womb.
It won't bleed. It won't stretch to make room for you” (Hosseini 126). Literary techniques Literary techniques My Writing I think the writing assignment that most encapsules the evidence of my growth as a writer would be my synthesis essay,because it is the first research essay I have written and I learned alot of new techniques and skills that can be incorporated into my writing in general. I am most proud of the content and style of my college essays. I think this essay will serve as a great reference for college papers in the near future. My Masterpiece Library The story takes place in Herat, Afghanistan, and Gul Daman, a small village outside of Herat, and then Kabul, the capital city from 1958 to the present day. It is set in Afghanistan
around the time when Afghanistan was changing from a monarch to a republic (democracy) which started in the
1970s. MARIAM Mariam is one of the two protagonists in the story and she is the daughter of Nana and Jalil; she was born out of wedlock. She later become wife to Rasheed, and later becomes a second mother to Aziza. She is the unwanted child of Jalil a wealthy cinema owner in Herat, who has a multitude of wives and children, who he fathers and nurtures, all except Mariam. He has Mariam and Nana sent to live in the Kolba, a little shed in the hills of Herat, Gul-Daman because he is ashamed of them.
Her mother commits suicide and her father does not want her so he marries her to Rasheed a shoemaker from Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Rasheed turns out to be a Monster who physically, and psychologically abuses Mariam so much that she comes close to death on several occasions. Rasheed resents her because she is unable to bear children. Laila Laila is the daughter of Hakim and Fariba, raised to appreciate education and to live up to her full potential. Her father tells her she will change Afghanistan, and her friends tell her she will be on the front page of the newspaper. Laila is in love with Tariq, but she eventually becomes Rasheed's second wife. She represents the hope for the future in Afghanistan, because she is the strong woman who can outlast every evil man who tries to take away the ones she loves and lives for. She never forgets Tariq or the sacrifices of her parents. She lives through an abusive marriage to Rasheed all for the loves of her children. She is devoted and loyal to Mariam who becomes like a mother to her. She is also loyal to her country and sees it as her duty to honor the lives of her parents and Mariam by returning to Kabul and staking a place for all women in the new world opening up there. Storyplot Mariam grows up in a small shack outside of the city of Herat. She was brought up to know her place in society as a 'harami' or bastard child. Though she is raised by Nana, her mother, she is very fond of her estranged father, Jalil. After falling into deep despair following her mother's death, Mariam is abandoned by Jalil, who marries her off to Rasheed, despite her attempts to remain single. Her childless marriage to Rasheed eventually forces her into a life of submission and misery until close to the end of her life, when Laila provides her with some hope. At the end of the novel, Mariam rises up in revenge and strikes Rasheed dead. She ultimately is tried and executed by the Taliban for her actions. The story is a narrative told from the perspectives of the two women characters, Mariam and Laila. Each shows how she was raised, what she lost as the result of war, and how in the end, her strength grace helps her face her fate. Quotes She understood then what Nana meant, that a harami was an unwanted thing; that she, Mariam, was an illegitimate person who would never have legitimate claim to the things other people had, things such as love, family, home, acceptance (Hosseini 4).
This very word, 'harami', leads the reader to understand the whole story; the struggle of the illegitimates to have legitimate claim to the things other people have.

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.” (Hosseini 230)
Hosseini is referring to Afghanistan, which is composed of the islam people. The people's lives and their legacies are what make the country beautiful, but it was torn asunder by war and hate.

"Marriage can wait, education cannot. A society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated" (Hosseini 137). This quote demonstratesfeminist criticism because it demonstrates how women are an essential part of society and how they should prioritize their values and self worth. “And the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion. And whenever those twin poisonous flowers began to sprout in the parched land of that field, Mariam uprooted them" (Hosseini 113). Metafiction, also known as Romantic irony in the context of Romantic works of literature, uses literary techniques to draw attention to itself as a work of art, while exposing the "truth" of a story. "Metafiction" is the literary term describing fictional writing that self-consciously and systematically draws attention to its status as an artifact in posing questions about the relationship between fiction and reality, usually using irony and self-reflection. The author refers to the title of the book when he
mentions an old Afghan song including the quote, “One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls” (Hosseini 230).
This relates to the theme of patriotism, which is relevant since Lila and Mariam stayed in Kabul, Afghanistan in the midst of War after everyone left. It may also symbolizes the theme of the inner strength and beauty along with the great admiration for women that the book conveys if Afghanistan metaphorically represents a woman's heart, riddled with war and despair, but simultaneously beautiful and strong. *BMU : Chicano Literature, prose, theme selef discovery
*The Alchemist: Archetypal quest, literary techniques, Theme of self discovery
PUSH: Straight up focus on issues
A thousand Splendid Suns
Batter my hear three persone'd God
The Andromeda Strain , Do not like scientific literature, doesn't mix well for me
Othello and
Pygmalion: the language and style, were not my favorite thing in the world
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day:
needs to stop hitting on girls,too cliche Technology This year Mrs. Hardy has introduced us to new technological concepts such as the UDARL, Study Blue and Prezi power points to aid us in our studies for writing and reading assignments. I feel more confident and capable of refining my skills through these means as well as compelled to learn more ways in which to exhibit and extract and expand my knowledge via technology. My AP Goals / Self Goal/ Pride This year I did meet my AP goal of improving 10 % of my multiple choice, which started as a 67% and I got up to an 8 on my essays which started at a 6. My self goal for this class was to learn to write at a collegiate level and learn to do so more efficiently. I feel I met my goal thanks to guidance from my teacher and hard work on my part. I am most proud of being accepted into one of my college's of choice and being able to afford it through grants and scholarships. I am also proud of graduating from IDEA along with so many other talented peers and mentors. Autobiography My autobiography said that I was a relatively new speaker of the English language, I still have trouble pronouncing certain words, but now I feel ,more confident in articulating a broader range of vocabulary than I did at the beginning of this year. I am also more satisfied with my presentation and public speaking, since I have gained confidence in my self and my work, but I definitely have room for improvement. I am proud to say that I have tried new forms of literature and found out for myself what I do and don't like reading and why. I have become a more scrutinizing and analytical reader. I have harnessed my writing by organizing my thoughts and ideas explicitly onto paper. Next Years Classes Major: BioChemistry
*Intro to Biophysical Chem.
*Advanced Biophysical Chemistry
*Molecular Genetics with Lab.
*Required first year writing course
*Intensive Elementary Italian
MLA Citations Hosseini, Khaled. A Thousand Splendid Suns. New York: Riverhead, 2007. Print.

Selinger, Evan, and Kevin Outterson. "The Ethics of Poverty Tourism." N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Philosophy Documentation Center. 2nd ed. Vol. 7. Boston: Blackwells, 2003. 287-308. Google Scholar. Web. May-June 2013.
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