A Thousand Splendid Suns
To persevere is to maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement and continue consistently .A Thousand Splendid Suns, written by Khaled Hosseini is a story of two young Afghan women, Mariam and Laila, who face and overcome many tragedies and live in a country ruined by political problems and war. Both women have to endure horrific tragedies in their lives but they become one to persevere throughout it all. The women are years apart from each but still have to marry the malicious Rasheed. The two have to marry him because they have no way of living without him. The women learn to put up with Rasheed’s physical abuse and the rules of their lifestyle they have to follow of Afghan women. Hosseini displays the perseverance of Mariam and Laila, how the inner strength of Afghan women allows them to endure difficult situations like lack of education, forced marriages, and Taliban rules. Everyone goes through struggles and has to persevere through it. Education provides the opportunity to learn new things and expand or build knowledge. Now a day we do not have to fight to go to school. Men and woman have equal education, and the same equality. Women are actually smarter than me now.The book shows two stories about education that most women in Afghanistan go through. Mariam is not allowed to go school because Nana, her mother believes that she does need but she just does not want to lose Mariam. “And you’ll learn nothing of value in those schools. There is only one, only one skill a woman like you and me needs in life, and they don’t teach it in school. Look at me.” (Hossenini 17) Mariam wanted to go to school and learn but Nana refused. She was denied an education even after her mother died. Mariam had no choice but was force to marry Rasheed. Laila, on the other hand a better upbringing with an encouraging father. “Marriage can wait, education cannot. You’re a very, very bright girl. Truly, you are. You can be anything...
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