A Thousand Splendid Suns

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns


This picture sybolizes a major event in the book where Mariam the older wife kills Rasheed by hitting him over the head with a shovel while Rasheed was choking Laila.


The Taliban soldiers

"Like a compass needle that always points north, a man's accusing finger finds a women. You remember that Mariam jo."

Mariam and Rasheed


Author: Khaled Hosseini

"I'll die if you go. I'll just die." - Nana

“Miriam wished for so much in those final moments. Yet as she closed her eyes, it was not regret any longer but a sensation of abundant peace that washed over her. 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. No. It was not so bad, Miriam thought, that she should die this way. Not so bad. This was a legitimate end to a life of illegitimate belongings. ”

“Tariq tucked the gun into the waist of his denims. Then he said a thing both lovely and terrible. "For you," he said. "I'd kill with it for you, Laila.”

This book made me realize that freedom truly is not free and as Americans we should be so thankful we have freedom. I especially realized that the strength of women in American is outstanding compared to many other countries over seas. Women here have educations and are aloud to make something out of themselves. In places like Afghanistan during this time if you were a women you were only good for having children, cooking, cleaning, and pleasing your husband. A quotation from this book that really had a large impact on me was from Baba, Laila's father, “‎I know you're still young but I want you to understand and learn this now. Marriage can wait, education cannot. You're a very very bright girl. Truly you are. You can be anything you want Laila. I know this about you. And I also know that when this war is over Afghanistan is going to need you as much as its men maybe even more. Because a society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated Laila. No chance.” This quote stood out to me some much and impacted me so much, because although at this time it was custom that a young girl would be married off to an older man by her parents and would never recieve a further education. Laila's father did not want that for his daughter at all he wanted what was best for her and he knew that would be her education. This reminded me of my parents, because they always remind me how important it is to stay a well educated young lady, because that knowledge will help you succeed as you grow and make your way into the real world, when you are on your own with no one else to count on.


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