English IV AP
14 November 2012
Oppression in Afghanistan
In Hosseini’s second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, he explores the oppression of women in Afghanistan during the rise of the Taliban through three women; Nana, Mariam and Laila. Women in Afghanistan are known to face far different and difficult situations in comparison to the treatment of women in the western part of the world. The rise of the Taliban has recently deprived most of Afghanistan’s women of many human and individual rights. The Taliban take over caused Afghanistan’s “blossiming age” to come to an abrupt end. At first, Afghanistan believed the Taliban were saviors for their people. Many citizens assumed the Taliban would solve the problems they had been having with their current leader. The Taliban were treated like royalty, their people anxiously awaited their arrival "Let them come, I, for one, will shower them with rose petals" (Hosseini 275). Because the people of Afghanistan were so desperate for change they fully supported everything the Taliban was doing until new conformist laws were proposed. Most of these laws were strictly towards women: "You will stay inside your homes at all times. It is not proper for women to wander aimlessly about the streets. If you go outside, you must be accompanied by a male relative. If you are caught alone on the street, you will be beaten and sent home" (Hosseini 278). These laws changed the outlook on women in society forever.
In the beginning of the novel there are many signs of oppression as Nana begins to raise Mariam. Nana, the housekeeper, becomes pregnant with a wealthy townman’s child and is thrown out of her current house against her will. "The wives demanded he throw her out"(Hosseini 6). Not only did her boss show signs or discrimination, but she began to receive them in her personal relationships as well. "Nana's own father, who was a lowly stone carver in the nearby village of Gul Daman, disowned her. Disgraced, he packed his...
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