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Maulik Patel
English 180
Prof: C. Kashuba
Date: December 10, 2012

The multi-genre research project enabled me to explore a topic in which I was interested and it allowed me to produce various genre pieces, a portfolio, and pursuit on my topic. Upon reading different novels through the semester, I found various themes interesting to me, but “struggle” and “freedom” were most appealing to me. The work of literature that I used for the project was A Thousand Splendid Suns. I chose struggle because all the characters in A Thousand Splendid Suns seemed to struggle or be in pain in their life. Laila, Maraiam and Aziza were the most struggled characters. The reason for me to focus on struggle was to find the answers to the questions like why?/ what?/ who would be responsible for the struggle and pain of the characters. I followed the struggle theme with some hints of freedom in my presentation. I believe that every dark side comes with the hope of bright side. Similarly, every struggle comes with hope of freedom. To support my theme I picked about seven to eight genres to present my focus on struggle and freedom.

The first genre I selected was “picture analysis” of a girl wearing Burka. The Burka usually has the net in front of the eyes to see, but this picture had iron bars which represents prison. The way I analyzed this picture was the girl represents Mariam or Laila because they both had to wear Burka according to Rasheed. The black color of the Burka represents sad girl hiding her face in Burka. We can see the eyes full of pain behind the bars and those eyes searches freedom someday. Basically, this picture gives us an idea that the life Mariam and Laila has is no better than a prison because they have to follow Rasheed’s brutal orders and abuse. The eyes full of pain, seeking for freedom. I chose this genre because I wanted to show that how a single picture can tell us about different feelings and emotions it contains but are hard to find or analyze....
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