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A Thousand Splendid Suns

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A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini
Perception
Morning In Jenin
Taliban
The Taliban , alternative spelling Taleban, is an Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan. It spread from Pakistan into Afghanistan and formed a government, ruling as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from September 1996 until December 2001, with Kandahar as the capital. However, it gained diplomatic recognition from only three states: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Mohammed Omar has been serving as the spiritual leader of the Taliban since 1994.
While in power, it enforced its strict interpretation of Sharia law, and leading Muslims have been highly critical of the Taliban's interpretations of Islamic law. The Taliban were condemned internationally for their brutal treatment of women. The majority of the Taliban are made up of Pashtun tribesmen. The Taliban's leaders were influenced by Deobandi fundamentalism, and many also strictly follow the social and cultural norm called Pashtunwali.
Okla. Woman Shoots, Kills Intruder: 911 Operators Say It's OK to Shoot
Jan. 4, 2012
A young Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby on New Year's Eve, less than a week after the baby's father died of cancer.

Sarah McKinley says that a week earlier a man named Justin Martin dropped by on the day of her husband's funeral, claiming that he was a neighbor who wanted to say hello. The 18-year-old Oklahoma City area woman did not let him into her home that day.

On New Year's Eve Martin returned with another man, Dustin Stewart, and this time was armed with a 12-inch hunting knife. The two soon began trying to break into McKinley's home.

As one of the men was going from door to door outside her home trying to gain entry, McKinley called 911 and grabbed her 12-gauge shotgun.

McKinley told ABC News Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO that she quickly got her 12 gauge, went into her bedroom and got a pistol, put the bottle in the baby's mouth and called 911.

"I've got two guns in my hand -- is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?" the young mother asked the 911 dispatcher. "I'm here by myself with my infant baby, can I please get a dispatcher out here immediately?"

The 911 dispatcher confirmed with McKinley that the doors to her home were locked as she asked again if it was okay to shoot the intruder if he were to come through her door.

"I can't tell you that you can do that but you do what you have to do to protect your baby," the dispatcher told her. McKinley was on the phone with 911 for a total of 21 minutes.

When Martin kicked in the door and came after her with the knife, the teen mom shot and killed the 24-year-old. Police are calling the shooting justified.

"You're allowed to shoot an unauthorized person that is in your home. The law provides you the remedy, and sanctions the use of deadly force," Det. Dan Huff of the Blanchard police said.

Stewart soon turned himself in to police.

McKinley said that she was at home alone with her newborn that night because her husband just died of cancer on Christmas Day.

"I wouldn't have done it, but it was my son," McKinley told ABC News Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO. "It's not an easy decision to make, but it was either going to be him or my son. And it wasn't going to be my son. There's nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child."
The Second Sex
French: Le Deuxième Sexe
Author: Simone-Lucie-Ernestine-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, commonly known as Simone de Beauvoir (9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986), was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist. She did not consider herself a philosopher but she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory.
According to Beauvoir, two factors explain the evolution of women's condition: participation in production and freedom from reproductive slavery.
Quran(Koran)
Not dying before lover, I Will Always Be There For You
by Nidhi Kaul
I will always be there for you,
I am your little friend..
I will always be in love with you,
all the way till the end..

I will always care for you,
I will never leave...
you are one person,
I can never deceive

I shall go off to sleep,
much before you think,
Maybe I’m not with you,
The next second you blink

The day, when I'm not with you,
Just close your eyes
and take my name,
I promise you dear.
Your life will be the same.

I will love you more and more,
with each rising day,
I will always be there for you
even if we are far away

Brick Lane
Liberty Leading the People (French: La Liberté guidant le peuple) is a painting by Eugène Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution of 1830, which toppled King Charles X of France. A woman personifying Liberty leads the people forward over the bodies of the fallen, holding the flag of the French Revolution – the tricolor flag which is still France's flag today – in one hand and brandishing a bayoneted musket with the other. The figure of Liberty is also viewed as a symbol of France and the French Republic known as Marianne. Delacroix depicted Liberty as both an allegorical goddess-figure and a robust woman of the people. The mound of corpses acts as a kind of pedestal from which Liberty strides, barefoot and bare-breasted, out of the canvas and into the space of the viewer. The Phrygian cap she wears had come to symbolize liberty during the first French Revolution, of 1789–94. The painting has been seen as a marker to the end of the Age of Enlightenment, as many scholars see the end of the French Revolution as the start of the romantic era.
“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”
Second Sex, as one of her best-known books, it deals with the treatment of women throughout history and is often regarded as a major work of feminist philosophy and the starting point of second-wave feminism. Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness. Beauvoir researched and wrote the book in about 14 months when she was 38 years old.
Mariam and Laila are two characters in A Thousand Splendid Suns who represent diverse women from different generations and different background. On the on hand, they inherit the similarity of typical Afghanistan women; on the other hand, they are distinguished by their personal traits and the way of fighting against due to their different growing background and experience. Second sex goes by the name for "the feminist Bible", it indicates the reason of the formation of the certain character traits of Mariam and Laila under the distinct social background of Afghanistan.
The Quran literally meaning "the recitation", also romanised Qurʼanor Koran is the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims believe to be a revelation from God .It is widely regarded as the finest piece of literature in the Arabic language. Muslims consider the Quran to be the only book that has been protected by God from distortion or corruption. However, some significant textual variations and deficiencies in the Arabic script mean the relationship between the text of today's Quran and an original text is unclear.
The Reflection from A Thousand Splendid Suns to Quran

But remember, my girl, what the Koran says,' Blessed is He in Whose hand is the kingdom, and He who has power over all things, Who created death and life that He may try you. The Koran speaks the truth, my girl. Behind every trail and every sorrow that He makes us shoulder, God has a reason.
( Chapter 6)
Who has created death and life that He might try you — which of you is best in deeds; and He is the Mighty, the Most Forgiving. [67:3]
Mullah tried to convince Mariam that her mother's death is a trail which the God set to for Mariam and her mother.

Women rights
Religion
Literature

A heart-wrenching, powerfully written novel that could do for Palestine what The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan.
Forcibly removed from the ancient village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejas are moved into the Jenin refugee camp. There, exiled from his beloved olive groves, the family patriarch languishes of a broken heart, his eldest son fathers a family and falls victim to an Israeli bullet, and his grandchildren struggle against tragedy toward freedom, peace, and home. This is the Palestinian story, told as never before, through four generations of a single family.
The very precariousness of existence in the camps quickens life itself. Amal, the patriarch's bright granddaughter, feels this with certainty when she discovers the joys of young friendship and first love and especially when she loses her adored father, who read to her daily as a young girl in the quiet of the early dawn. Through Amal we get the stories of her twin brothers, one who is kidnapped by an Israeli soldier and raised Jewish; the other who sacrifices everything for the Palestinian cause. Amal’s own dramatic story threads between the major Palestinian-Israeli clashes of three decades; it is one of love and loss, of childhood, marriage, and parenthood, and finally of the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has.
Author information
Susan Abulhawa (born 1970) is a Palestinian-American writer and human rights activist. She is the author of a bestselling novel, Mornings in Jenin (2010) and the founder of a non-governmental organization, Playgrounds for Palestine.[1] She currently lives in Yardley, Pennsylvania.
“love is what we are about, my darling," she says. "Not even in death has our love faded, for I live in your veins.”
The same love exist in A thousand splendid suns too. even though mariam died at the end of the storing, the tight love between mariam and laila can be killed. mariam lived in laila's vein, and supported laila to live in freedom and love.
Movie
Plot
The film tells the story of Nazneen, who grew up in rural Bangladesh, in the district of Mymensingh.[2] At 17 she has an arranged marriage to Chanu Ahmed, who is twice her age. They soon move to Brick Lane in London, the center of the British Bangladeshi community.[3] She leaves behind her sister and her family home.
Married to a man she does not love, Nazneen lives vicariously through the letters she receives from her sister about her carefree life. The film picks up the story after Nazneen and her husband have lived in a small flat for 16 years and been raising 2 daughters.
Nazneen becomes filled with desire for a young, good-looking clothing worker who visits her flat, and they have an affair.[4] The movie takes place following the 9/11 attacks on the United States by al-Qaeda, and reflects a period of heightened racial tensions in Britain as well.[5] The Bangladeshi Muslim community was becoming increasingly religious, as reflected in the character of Karim.
The protagonist in the brick lane is just like Laila, who is the protagonist in A Thousand Splendid Suns. Both of them married to two people they didn't love, but they couldn't marry the people they love . They are lack of freedom of love, they are restricted of loving others and being loved.
Poem
Same love is between Laila and Tariq. Although they
are separated by war and distance at the beginning, they get together by destiny at the end of the story. Love binds them together, they won't be apart until death is coming.
Politics
News- kill people to protect family
art
La Liberté guidant le peuple
Mariam, as the main character in the novel, also lead her vital family Laila to fight against the brutal society, inhumane rules and violent family. She sacrificed herself to free her sister Laila at the end of the story.
Music, eulogizes women in the world
Movie
Because of other's trap, Andy was passed sentence of life imprisonment. Almost everybody in the prison of Shawshank was innocent; however, they suffered the pain which other couldn't imagine. Andy wasn't reconciled to be prisoner in his rest of life, so he decided to escape. On the way to freedom was too hard to imagine; it's just like what Mariam suffered in her life. On the way to freedom is so tough that Mariam had to use her own life to pay for the price of freedom. The society is unfair, lots of people are stuck in the puzzle and waiting for rescue. Sometimes others can rescue you, but sometimes the person who can rescue you is yourself.
The Shawshank Redemption
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