Thousand Sun Passages from the text
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| “Jalil didn’t have the dil either, Nana said, to do the honorable thing. To standup to his family, to his wives and in-laws, and accept responsibility for what he had done. Instead, behind closed doors, a face-saving deal had quickly been struck. The next day, he had made her gather her few things from servants’ quarters, where she’d been living, and sent her off.-This is what it means to be a woman in this world.”
| Pg 7
| This is what Nana had to say about the way Jalil had treated her after her affair with him, she took her one experience and generalized it to teach Mariam a life lesson. If you look at the situation through Jalil’s eyes it doesn’t seem like such a bad response to his mistake. He knew that they would have been judged and been mistreated by people that prejudged. Nana’s conclusion to the situation, as I later found out, was a major reoccurring theme in the novel and that was that life for a woman in Afghanistan is difficult and unfair.
| “Go back! No. Don’t look now. Turn around! Go back!” But he wasn’t fast enough. Mariam saw. A gust of wind blew and parted the drooping branches of the weeping willow like a curtain, and Mariam caught a glimpse of what was beneath the tree: the straight-backed chair, overturned. The rope dropping from a high branch. Nana dangling at the end of it.”
| Pg 36
| The author uses vivid wording to paint a picture in the readers head. I didn’t just see what was happening but it was also possible to feel what was happening. Some events that relate to this one was the foreshadowing that the author provided through Nana. She clearly told Mariam that she would kill herself if Mariam left the kolba. Since Nana told her, I would understand why Mariam would feel like she did. I would have also felt guilty and feel like it was my fault she took her life.
| “These women were-what was the word Rasheed had used?-“modern” Yes, modern Afghan women married to Afghan men who did not mind that their wives walked among strangers with makeup on their faces and nothing on their heads. Mariam watched them cantering uninhibited down the street, sometimes with a man, sometimes alone, sometimes with rosy –cheeked children who wore shiny shoes and watches with leather bands, who walked bicycles with high-rise handlebars and gold colored spokes…”
| Pg 75
| I really don’t understand this because the men and women didn’t have to live this way, they had other people, neighbors, that they could follow in order to live a more “civilized” world. I would infer that the author hinted the reader that a more modern way of living in a better way if living, because the author uses connotation so that it shows the reader that the other Afghan women know that lifestyle is better.I realize though that people like Rasheed, who strictly draw the line when it comes to freedom and breaking religious customs.
| “Mariam dreaded going outside. She was envious, suddenly, of the neighborhood women and their wealth of children. Some had seven or eight and didn’t understand how fortunate they were, how blessed that their children had flourished in their wombs, lived to squirm in their arms and take milk from their breasts. Children that they had not bled away with soapy water and the bodily filth of strangers down some bathhouse drain. Mariam resented them when she overheard them complaining about misbehaving sons and lazy daughters.”
| Pg 93
| This passage reminds me of the times in my life when I criticize my brothers and sisters and wish that I were the only one in the family. Its stories like these that make you realize that it’s a blessing to have family members and show us to be grateful for everything in our lives. I was angered by the way Rasheed reacted to the tragic news. He was not a supportive husband instead he gave her the silent treatment and became more violent with Mariam. If I were him I would have grieved with her and explain to her...
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