A Thousand Splendid Suns- Change

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Change is an inevitable development that has both postive aswell as negative impact on people, their identity and their society. Through ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, the author, Khaled Hosseini, has explored these features through charaterisation of Mariam, the book’s antagonist. He thoroughly analyses the change of this characters from a two dimentional girl, that grew into three dimensional woman and the political happenings, barriers and changes at the time of the Taliban invasion.

‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ is a provocative novel that gives us an insight into the life of Mariam during the Taliban rule of the late twentieth century. Khaled Hosseini portrays this woman as naive and two dimensional in the opening chapters. A young girl that admires her father and believes none of her mothers words as she is often cynical. With the sudden death of her mother Nana, Mariam loses a lot of the innocence that previously blocked the truth about Jalil. Use of literary techinques, such as metaphors serve to show how the traumatic event began to erode Mariam’s innocence, changing her into an older, more three dimentional person, "For the first time, Mariam could hear him with Nana’s ears ". When Mariam marries Rasheed this completely alteres her life and what she knew of it. “At the kolba, she could tell the time of day by the angle of the sunlight pouring through the window, she knew how dar her door would open before its hinges creaked. Now all the familiar things were gone.” Having always lived the same life, with same routine for fifteen years of her life, Mariams character must adapt to her new environment and as a result she becomes more withdrawn, use of a simile in the phrase “The first few days, Mariam hardly left her room...Mariam stayed in bed feeling adrift and forlorn...making her feel...like an intruder on someone ele’se life” , this reveals the extent to which Mariam feels disjointed and intrduces the new personality in Mariam character because of this...
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