A Thousand Splendid Suns Women

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Some may believe that they have experienced the worst, but after reading this novel that mindset will change. There will always be that one person that has encountered much worse. Khaled Hosseini wrote the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, which focused on what women experienced while living in Afghanistan. Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 4th, 1965 where he witnessed several of the conditions firsthand. His father was part of the foreign ministry and his mother taught Persian literature. Hosseini’s family was granted protected shelter in California and as soon as they heard of the news they left all of their belongings behind. He thought that he would never revisit Kabul in his life again until years later when he did. Khaled Hosseini’s trip to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2003 inspired him to write this novel about Afghan women. In the novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini the women suffered hardships and turmoil that defined their lives.…show more content…
The burqa was a common aspect of Afghan women. Burqa’s covered women from head to toe, so that no other man could see them. “The use of the burqa, ostensibly intended to protect women, can be used to control and oppress women instead.” (Novelguide 1) Men who made their wives wear burqa’s showed that they had dominance over their wives. Women should be able to express themselves freely instead of hiding underneath a shameful burqa. Women slowly began to lose their rights and many were downgraded by higher authorities. “Afghan women in contemporary society are widely considered second-class citizens” (Gale 303) This is an example of unequal treatment because women should have an opportunity to be considered first-class citizens and not have to worry about being labeled as second-class citizens. Everyone should have an equal chance at anything in life because the outcome is never
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