A Thousand Splendid Suns: Essays

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Essay One

As an avid reader I enjoy different types of books. A Thousand Splendid Suns written by Khaled Hosseini is one of my favorite books because of its accurate depiction of Afghanistan after the defeat of the Soviet invasion. Unlike the Hosseini story of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns focuses on the difficulties that women in Afghanistan faced when the Taliban came to power. The story revolves around two women with a substantial age difference and the personal pain they suffer in their marriages to the same husband. Hosseini portrays the change in Afghanistan for women when the Taliban came to power and the strict rules they had to abide by. This piece of literature unsettled me because it was hard to believe that the Taliban were enforcing such discriminatory while such rules are not prescribed in the Qu’ran. Both of my parents are from Pakistan, the neighboring country of Afghanistan and every other summer I visit Pakistan and always saw a large percentage of Afghanis in Peshawar, my Mother’s hometown. I never understood fully why they were there until I read A Thousand Splendid Suns, and realized that they were fleeing from the harsh rules of the Taliban. It was hard to understand that in a country so close to where my relatives live there was an extreme Islamic group enforcing cruel laws to all of the citizens. Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns has opened my eyes to the depressing and stifling conditions of Afghanistan, especially for women. Hopefully now that the United States and its allies have rid the country of the rule of the Taliban, Afghanistan can serve as a peaceful home for all Afghanis especially those who had to flee their homes. Hopefully the sequel to A Thousand Splendid Suns will talk about the return of the Afghani refugees and Afghanistan practicing the correct version of Islam with equal rights for women.

Essay Two

I come from a family who has traveled significantly around the world. I have...
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