A Thousand Splendid Suns, written by Khaled Hosseini is a story of two young afghan women, Laila and Mariam, who face and overcome many tragedies and live in a country ruined by political oppression and war. Both Mariam and Laila have endured so much heartache partially because they are women, but yet have managed to have pull together the strength to persevere. To persevere is to maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement and continue consistently *make this the introduction scentence). Even though Mariam and Laila are years apart by age, and come from two different life styles, they are both forced to marry Rasheed , an older man who they don't(do not) know, in order to make a living for themselves. Mariam and Laila eventually learn to cooperate as they undergo Rasheed's emotional and physical abuse, and the rules set out for women in Afghanistan. Hosseini demonstrates through the perseverance of Mariam and Laila, how the inner strength of Afghan women allows them to endure difficult situations including forced marriages, lack of educational opportunities and Taliban restrictions.
Marriage is the union of two people who love each other and wish to be in a committed partnership with one another. Marriage should not be forced on anyone who does not wish to be in a marriage (does not wish it), however; the women in the book, Mariam and Laila are both married off at a very young age to the same man, who is twice their age. In Mariam's case, she was a burden to her family and so they just took the first offer for her. "Rasheed is here, in Heart (Herat); he has come all the way from Kabul. The nikka will be tomorrow morning, and then there is a bus leaving for Kabul at noon" (Hosseini 49). Mariam was not even consulted in whether or not she wanted to marry Rasheed, let alone she had never seen or met him before (not important). The other woman in the book, Laila, had no choice but to marry Rasheed. Laila had no body left to take care...
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