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Female Bonds and Unlikely Friendships

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Afnan Tahlil

on 16 January 2013

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Conclusion A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossieni. Characters Marriam Laila The Help Characters Aibileen Skeeter Female Bonds &
Unlikely Friendships By Anisa Tahlil A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini Violence and Aggression Quote #3 ( Novel) Quote #2 ( Movie) Quote #1 ( Novel) Inequality and Injustice Quote #4 ( Movie) Quote #5 ( Novel) Quote #6 ( Movie) Rejection and Abandonment Quote # 7 (Movie) Fruits of Friendship Quote #8 ( Novel) Activity Time Thesis In the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, and the movie The Help directed by Tate Taylor, women experience violence, rejection, and inequality from the society which causes them to form unlikely friendships amongst themselves in order to end the cycle of aggression, abandonment, and injustice. Thank You For Listening My eyes drift down to HELP WANTED: MALE. There are at least four columns filled with bank managers, accountants, loan officers, cotton collate operators. On this side of the page, Percy and Gray, LP, is offering Jr. Stenographers fifty cents more an hour. "I've always disliked that about you. Even when you were little, when you were running around with that cripple, you thought you were so clever, with your books and poems. What good are all your smarts to you now? What's keeping you off the streets, your smarts or me? I'm despicable? Half the women in this city would kill to have a husband like me. They would kill for it"( 252).

"What’s the sense in schooling a girl like you? It’s like shining a spittoon. There is only one skill a woman like you and me needs in life[…]: tahamul. Endure" (17).

" Aziza could already recite by heart the surah of ikhlas, the surah of fatiha, and already knew how to perform the four rugats of morning prayer"

"It's all I have to give her, Mariam had said to Laila, this knowledge, these prayers. They're the only true possession I've ever had"(265). Aibileen: No one had ever asked me, what it felt like to be me. Once I told the truth about that, I felt free. "Mariam wished for so much in those final moments. Yet 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. ”(329). "Mariam lost count of how many times the belt cracked, how many pleading words she cried out to Rahseed, how many times she circled around the incoherent tangle of teeth and fists and belt, before she saw fingers clawing at Rasheed's face, chipped nails digging into his jowls and pulling at his hair and scratching his forehead. How long before she realized, with both shock and relish, that those fingers were hers (309). "Are you...do you....find men attractive? Are you having unnatural thoughts about[] girls or women? [] Because it says in this article there's a cure, a special root tea —" "For the first time, Mariam could hear him with Nana's ears. She could hear so clearly now the insincerity that had always lurked beneath, the hollow, false assurances. She could not bring herself to look at him"( 36). It was every day from 1941 to 1947 waiting for them beatings to be over. I wish to God I'd told John Dudley Green he ain't going to hell. That he ain't no sideshow freak cause he like boys. God I wish I'd fill his ear with good things like I'm trying to do with Mae Mobley. "Rasheed raised the belt again and this time came at Mariam. Then the astonishing thing happened: The girl lunged at him. She grabbed his arm with both hands and tried to drag him down, but she could do no more than dangle from it. She did succeed in slowing Rasheed's progress toward Mariam.
"Let go!" Rasheed cried.
"You win. You win. Don't do this. Please, Rasheed, no beating! Please don't do this" (216). Meet Aibleen and Skeeter Women have the ability to find strength and support in one another. Together, they take the first steps to change the world.
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