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Author(s): Ab. Majeed Dar

Journal: The Dawn Journal
ISSN 2277-1786

Volume: 02;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 651;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Love | Sacrifice | Chewing pebbles | Rape | War | and Destruction

In this paper, we will analyze Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns and explore the societal expectations of women in Afghanistan. Women are displayed through the Islamic cultural lens of females, which causes the readers to sympathize with them. While novel may be disagreeable to people who operate under Islamic Shari’a, a moral code of laws the suffering of women is rightfully exposed by the author which brings every individual to tears irrespective of his religion and geographical location. He presents the story of Mariam and Laila hailing from diametrically opposite backgrounds linked by a common fate, experiencing similar stereo-typical trials and tribulations of being Afghan women. They struggle to survive in Afghanistan as they traverse the mine-littered road of sexual hierarchy, nonstop war and overwhelming guilt for the sins of others. We come to know about their hardships, their daily struggle for survival against all odds, to raise a family and seek happiness. Khaled Hosseini allegorically juxtaposes the character’s personal narratives with the dreary and violent politics of Afghanistan over the last half-century, ranging from the communist takeover in the late 70s through the United States invasion of 2001 till 2003, when Taliban were ousted and Hamid Karzai became the interim president of Afghanistan.
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